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What Coach Jesseca Kulesa and the Hauppauge Girls Soccer Program started as a fundraiser for the Making Headway Foundation in honor of their loved soccer family member COURTNEY TOMKIN has certainly turned into something even bigger.  With Courtney's spirit with us and the amazing efforts by many of Long Island's soccer student-athletes, parents, educational and local communities alike, the Kicks For Cancer fundraiser has turned into a collaborative effort ( headed by Coach Kulesa and the Hauppauge School Soccer Program along with contributing teams and communities of the Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches Association ) and has raised over $250,000 since 2008 for numerous Cancer Organizations and Local Families in need of help due to this illness and the hardships it brings.  

Contributions have been made to numerous local Organizations and Families, from the Making Headway Foundation to "Lauren Strong", from the American Cancer Society to the local Ronald McDonald House to name a few...The list goes on and on and on....Please join us in continuing our efforts in supporting the numerous organizations and local families who are in need of our help and continue to Fight For A Cure...Buy a raffle ticket, work off another brownie bought at a bake sale, buy and wear the pink with pride...Whatever your hometown team decides to do for a fundraiser for this cause, get involved...Cheer for them, perhaps support them monetarily if possible, ask to lend a hand at a fundraiser, get that car washed or even give em' a smile and tell them Well Done...There are sooooo many ways to get involved.  WE SIMPLY ASK YOU TO DO JUST THAT, GET INVOLVED...THINK BIG, ACT BIG AND THE RESULTS WILL BE BIG....Hauppauge has certainly proved that...Courtney has been and always will be an inspiration and yes she has affected thousands of lives in so many ways both on and off the pitch and continues to do so to this very day...THINK PINK...

Over 30 schools on long island participate in a "Kicks For Cancer" game.  Pink game shirts are worn that day and the memories of those affected by this disease are often recognized.  It has grown from one Hauppauge Team / Game all way into Nassau County as well as some of our local colleges.  Varsity, Junior Varsity, and even Middle School Teams as well as both the Girls and Boys teams are involved.  Ask your coach how you can help or what type of fundraiser your team has in mind.  The S.C.G.S.C.A. thanks you ahead of time for your support of this amazing cause.  Life lessons and team building practices are without a doubt fulfilled, experienced, remembered and enjoyed.







Hauppauge students remember cancer victim, 17


Even in the frigid cold, Courtney Tomkin warmed the hearts of her fellow classmates and staff at Hauppauge High School.

At 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, with the flag at half-staff and the wind blowing, the hearse carrying Tomkin drove past hundreds of students who quietly and respectfully lined up along the driveway at their high school - and her high school, too. School officials temporarily halted classes as the procession went by.

Some students shivered as they silently wept. Others held onto one another as the 17-year-old student, who died Saturday of brain cancer, made her final trip to the school before the hearse drove to the burial.

"She is by far the strongest person I've ever met," said Jesseca Kulesa, head coach for the girl's varsity soccer team and a health teacher. "She had been out for six weeks in the spring, and she made every single assignment up. She never let anything slip."

Although she never played soccer for Hauppauge High School, Tomkin was the team's biggest fan, attending almost every game to cheer them on. She became so much a part of the team, Kulesa said, that the team ran a "Kicks for Cancer" fundraiser in her honor in October, raising $30,000 for the Making Headway Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Even students at the district's middle school showed their respect, wearing the pink "Kicks for Cancer" T-shirts, or other pink shirts, to honor the perky high school senior, said a district spokeswoman Pam Donovan. Those who knew her said she managed to always keep her smile, even through the roughest part of her illness.

"I don't think I ever saw her sad or upset," said Alexis Gonzalez, Tomkin's close friend and organizer of the fundraiser. "I know that she has made me a better person, and that I have a better outlook on life because of her. . . . She has earned her wings, and now she's an angel."

Principal Christine O'Connor said Tomkin was a top student. Even during her illness, she took honors and Advanced Placement courses. "She was an inspiration to all of us," O'Connor said.

"We are so proud at the way this community has pulled together," said Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, adding that Tomkins was especially well-loved by the close-knit students and staff, and that "we lost one of our daughters."