West Caldwell, NJ -- November 5, 2014 -- School did not start until September, but soccer players at James Caldwell High School (JCHS), West Caldwell, were hard at work in early August, planning and fundraising for the Wounded Warriors Project. Part of the school's Colonel John McHugh Soccer Saturday activities, the soccer teams and administration worked together to plan and hold events that raised awareness and more than $1000 for the Wounded Warriors Project, while also collecting food items for the Caldwell Food Pantry.

Soccer Saturday, held each September, was renamed four years ago to the Colonel John McHugh Memorial Soccer Saturday after Colonel McHugh, a Caldwell native, was killed in the line of duty in May 2010. Each year, the boys and girls soccer teams work together on a day of soccer and fundraising to benefit the JCHS Soccer Clubs and at least one charity. This year, the event raised awareness and funds for both the Wounded Warriors Project and collected items for the Caldwell Food Pantry.

To raise funds for the Wounded Warriors Project, the teams held several fundraisers, including an apparel sale that featured the Wounded Warriors logo, and a dining event at the local Chipotle Mexican Grill, West Caldwell.  On October 30, JCHS presented the Wounded Warriors with a check for $1051.00.

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“The students really worked together to make this a success,” said Richard Porfido, director of athletics at JCHS. “Through one event and a lot of hard work, they were able to help those in need on both a national and a local level.”


For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For more information on the Caldwell Food Pantry, contact Maria Burak on 973-403-4623. For more information on JCHS, visit www.cwcboe.org/jchs.