HEADstrong Foundation Launches the “CrossBar Challenge” For Those Overcome by Cancer

Contact: Nora Pergolini
Phone: 610-461-5987
Email: [email protected]

(HOLMES, PA) – Take your shot at helping families affected by cancer! The HEADstrong Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to improving lives affected by cancer, is excited to launch a new fundraising campaign beginning today, November 23, 2020. Soccer players at all levels from youth to professional are invited to participate in the #CrossBarChallenge.

In order to participate, players must first register individually or as a team and make a $5 donation to the HEADstrong Foundation. Players are then challenged to take 5 attempts to hit the crossbar from the 18-yard box. They can ask a friend, teammate, or parent to record the attempts and they are encouraged to then upload the video to social media using #CrossBarChallenge and tagging @HEADstrongFND. In order to encourage others in the soccer community to get involved, players should also tag 3 friends to get in on the challenge. During registration, participants will also automatically receive a fundraising page that can be shared with family, friends, and followers! This is an ongoing campaign that will officially kick-off on December 1, 2020.

Individuals/teams can register any time at https://pledge.headstrong.org/crossbarchallenge

Watch MLS GoalKeeper Bobby Edwards kick-off the challenge here!

The CrossBar Challenge is intended to challenge the soccer community to put their skills to the test to assist families in the soccer community who are battling cancer. Brent Jacquette, former Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Widener University and current Director of Soccer Operations at Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, helped jumpstart the campaign to assist his friend, Trevor Singer. Singer, the assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s College, has been impacted by cancer since his wife Lauren began her battle with ovarian cancer in 2017. Jacquette and Singer are friends from their days as Big 10 competitors, at Penn State and Rutgers, respectively.

“Trevor has been a good friend for a long time and to see the fight that Lauren is giving for her family, I wanted to do everything possible to assist them through these difficult times,” said Jacquette. “I can’t think of two better people and parents to offer my support.”

The rising cost of treatment and the realities of a national pandemic has forced some patients and their families to delay or opt out of treatment that could be life saving. This is a unique opportunity for the soccer community to put their best foot forward by raising funds to improve lives affected by cancer. The CrossBar Challenge will help ease those financial strains for the Singers, as well as other families supported by the HEADstrong Foundation.

HEADstrong Foundation (EIN:26-0283021) Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori founded the HEADstrong Foundation in 2006 while undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The organization is committed to serving as a direct resource to families overcome by cancer, offering financial, emotional, logistical, and residential support including Nick’s House. Our promise is to uphold, preserve, and expand our founder’s vision and final request that others would benefit from his life and experience through cancer. For more information on HEADstrong Foundation or The Cross Bar Challenge, please visit our website at www.HEADstrong.org or follow us on social media, @HEADstrongFND.