Richmond Kickers to host Hokies in exhibition benefit match
Proceeds will go to Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, two MLS teams to hold fundraisers
April 25, 2007 BLACKSBURG, Va. - A trio of professional soccer teams have announced plans to show their support for the Virginia Tech community following the tragic events of April 16, 2007. The Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League will host the Virginia Tech men's soccer team in an exhibition match on May 1, while both the Houston Dynamo and the D.C. United of Major League Soccer will hold fundraising auctions. RICHMOND KICKERS The Richmond Kickers, last year's United Soccer League Division 2 champions, will host the Virginia Tech men's soccer team in an exhibition match to be held at the University of Richmond Stadium (just off the downtown expressway) on Tuesday, May 1st at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the gate will be donated to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. General admission tickets are $5.00 (youth and adult) and can be purchased in advance via RichmondKickers.com or at the gate on game day. Fans are encouraged to wear maroon and orange to show Hokie Spirit. "I think it will be a tremendous opportunity for Hokie fans, soccer fans - and even non-soccer and non-Hokie fans - in central Virginia to join both teams in honoring the victims of the recent tragedy on our campus," Virginia Tech head coach Oliver Weiss said. "It speaks volumes for the Kickers organization to do this on such a short notice. It is our hope to bring people together who want to feel connected to our Virginia Tech community." The Kickers' roster features two players who attended Virginia Tech, rookies Charlie Howe and Kevin Edwards. A native of Mechanicsville, Va., Howe recently finished his collegiate career with the Hokies (2002-2006), making 77 appearances while notching three goals and 12 assists for 18 points. Edwards, a Fredericksburg, Va., local, attended one year at Virginia Tech (2004) where he made 20 appearances, starting 18 games while scoring two goals. HOUSTON DYNAMO The defending champions of Major League Soccer, the Houston Dynamo, will wear commemorative uniforms featuring the Virginia Tech colors of maroon and orange for their match on Sunday, April 29 against the Chicago Fire at 6 p.m. CT. Following the contest, the jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. The Dynamo will fly Hokies' head coach Oliver Weiss out to the match to represent Virginia Tech at the event. In addition to the jersey auction, $8 from every ticket sold through a special online offer will also be donated to the fund. "In our business, we have the unique opportunity to give back and make an impact," Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti said. "Our hearts go out to the Virginia Tech community, and we feel it is necessary to step up and do something. We hope our efforts bring some relief to those affected. More information is available at houstondynamo.com. D.C. UNITED The D.C. United has decided to follow Houston's lead and hold a similar fundraiser for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. The United will wear maroon jerseys adorned with a Virginia Tech emblem for their match at Columbus on Sat., April 28 at 7:30 p.m., and will auction off the game-worn jerseys via dcunited.com. The Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund was established to remember and honor the victims of the tragic events to aid the healing process. The Fund will be used to cover expenses including but not limited to assistance to victims and their families, grief counseling, memorials, communication expenses and comfort expenses. To donate directly to the Fund, please click here: http://www.vt.edu/tragedy/memorial_fund.php.