Mustangs, MUSC Host Indoor Soccer Tournament, Fundraiser

by Diane VanDyke

The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs and the Montgomery United Soccer Club are jointly hosting the Fifth Annual Karen Wildey Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the College’s Physical Education Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The tournament, sanctioned by the Eastern PA Youth Soccer Association and the US Club Soccer, is for boys and girls in age groups U10 through U19.  The times and schedule will be based on the number of participants. To register, visit montgomerysoccer.net.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mustangs Athletics Soccer Program and will fund local Anti-DUI/Distracted Driving Awareness Programs for students and the community.

The College will host its first ever multi-media presentations by Motivational Media Assemblies (MMA) from 12:20 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. on Monday, March 5, in Room 213 of the Science Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and on Wednesday, March 7, in the Community Room, South Hall, West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. The public is invited to attend these free educational events.

Using large, cinema-type screens, MMA will illustrate the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and distracted driving. Distraction that affect driving safely include texting, using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming and using other technology in a vehicle.

According to the College’s Director of Health & Wellness Initiatives Grace Spena, MMA’s 40-minute presentation is an innovative way to provide students (of all ages) with cutting-edge research on the consequences of driving while under the influence and distracted driving. Each show is designed to teach students the importance of making healthy choices, understanding the risks, and embracing the responsibilities they face as today’s drivers. MMA shows use modern visual technology to capture the imagination of students, as well as others attending the presentations.

Spena said there is good reason to make these presentations available to students and the community.  Citing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, she said one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime; car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens with one out of three being alcohol related; and, in 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction and an estimated 448,000 were injured.

The annual soccer tournament was started in 2008 in memory of Karen Wildey, an MUSC parent who was in a fatal car crash in February 2007 involving a drunk driver. Since it was started, the tournament has raised more than $15,000 to fund local anti-DUI and distracted driving programs.

For questions or more information, contact Grace Spena at gspena@mc3.edu.

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