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Cosmos Set to Play in Newton, CT Charity Match

It was announced on Friday that the Newton Parent Connection, Inc. (NPC) will have a soccer doubleheader that will also act as a fundraiser, Soccer Revolution, to be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, Conn on Tuesday, June 18.

The doubleheader will feature the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer against Real Boston Rams of the United Soccer League’s Professional Development League in the first match. In the second game the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League will take on Newton’s own the Newton Pride of the Connecticut Soccer League.

The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with the Revs-Rams match, to be followed by the Cosmos-Pride match at 7:05 p.m. Stadium gates will open at 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at newtownparentconnection.org or by calling 866-722-8953. Fans who purchase tickets before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 will receive discounts: individual tickets will be $13, while group tickets (for parties of 20 or more) will be $10 each.

All proceeds from Soccer Revolution, including ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction to be held at the event will go to the Newton Parent Connection.

“Newtown Parent Connection has been supporting the Newtown community for more than 20 years, and as a result of the tragic events on December 14, 2012, there is an increased need for family and youth peer support for both mental health and substance use disorders,” says Dorrie Carolan, Co-Founder of Newtown Parent Connection. “We look forward to these soccer fundraising events as a way to build the sustainable support infrastructure our community needs to assist in the healing process for the long-term, something that will be in place, five, 10 and 15 years from now.”

The event, which is organized by the NPC is also supported by the city of New Britain, CT through the use of Veterans Memorial Stadium and municipal support made possible by Mayor Timothy E. O’Brien and Angelo D’Alfonso, chairman of the New Britain Parks and Recreation Committee.

“We’re so pleased this event has come to fruition,” Mike Svanda, Newtown Pride coach, said. “When the tragedy at Sandy Hook took place we were devastated, as many people were. We were trying to think of a way to help affect change, a real difference for the future. We wanted to play soccer games to raise awareness and bring families together. Our goal is to play soccer to raise funds and awareness for the Newtown Parent Connection, and to help implement programs to help the recovery, establish support now, and set up preventative mechanisms for the future. The Newtown Pride Soccer team has dedicated the entire season to raising awareness and raising funds for the NPC, playing the game we love for the town we represent. It is amazing to see the Rams, Revolution and Cosmos come together for this cause and it’s an honor to be a part of this great event.”

“The New York Cosmos are honored to help support the Newtown Parent Connection and the entire community of Newtown,” New York Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said. “This is going to be a wonderful event to benefit a great cause. We’re proud to partner with the Newtown Pride, the Boston Rams and the New England Revolution to assist the community in any way we can.”

ABOUT THE NEWTOWN PARENT CONNECTION, INC. (NPC)

The mission of the Newtown Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.  NPC recognizes now, more than ever, the need to embrace all families, especially those impacted by the traumatic events of December 14, 2012.  The organization has expanded its vision to build and finance a permanent wellness, prevention and recovery support infrastructure for young people and families in the Newtown community. For more information, please visit newtownparentconnection.org.

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