Penn State’s men and women soccer teams will honor the memory of Mack Brady by hosting two fundraising games in the coming weeks, with all proceeds benefitting the Mack Brady Soccer Fund.
The men’s team will hold its fundraiser on September 13 against Cal, while the women’s game comes later on September 26 against Purdue. The two games have been declared white outs, with shirts being sold for $10 a piece and all proceeds going to the fund.
The fund was established earlier this year when Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady’s eight year old son Mack died unexpectedly due to a blood infection.
“He was passionate about soccer and wanted to be a goalkeeper from the time he was 6,” Dean Brady said. “By this past fall he had already become quite a good goalie, but more than that, he loved playing the game with his best friends. When Mack died we decided we wanted to celebrate his memory through a soccer fund at Penn State.”
According to Brady, both games will feature several unique promotions. The men’s game will have “bouncy castles, local mascots, and PJ from B94.5 before the game” while the women’s game will feature “Mack’s teammates from the State College Celtics and Penn United escort the players on the field.” Both games will sell white out shirts, along with various Penn State and US Soccer items up for auction.
Brady hopes the games will get the Penn State family to come out and support Penn State soccer, along with raise money for the foundation.
“The programs have been incredible in supporting our family in this time,” Brady said. “Just two weeks after Mack’s death, in an amazing feat of coordination both teams held a soccer clinic for the community. Not only did this raise money for the fund, but more importantly it helped get Mack’s teammates back into soccer, to know that it was OK to play and enjoy the sport that brings them and Mack so much joy. This is the character of Penn State Athletics. They continue to support us and we are so grateful that Mack’s memory and name will live on in this way. My wife and I think he would say, ‘That is totally wicked!'”
If you’d like to support to the foundation but can’t attend either of the games, you can donate here. Fans can follow along on Twitter during the game with the hashtag #MackTheJeff.