Saturday, February 24, 2007
ECAC Partners with Brine Corp for Charity
Interim Commissioner Steve Bamford (left) and Director of Championships Gothard Lane (right), fill a box with soccer balls for "Eric's Goal".
Gothard Lane, Director of Championships at the Eastern College Athletic Conference in Centerville, MA, first received word of Eric's Goal through his niece, Marine Corps First Lieutenant Ruth Wilson, who is currently stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. Gothard then contacted us via e-mail and within a week began partnering with Brine Corp to send soccer balls to our headquarters for shipment to the Iraqi kids.
We have received 25 soccer balls thus far from ECAC & Brine Corp. and these were mailed to SFC John Lucas who will distribute them to the Iraqi children. Thank you to SFC Lucas for joining our team as well!
Gothard then posted an article on the ECAC website and posted Eric's Goal contact information for others who wish to contribute soccer balls to the Iraqi children. (www.ecac.org)
Below is an excerpt from the website:
Steve Bamford, Interim Commissioner of the ECAC stated “The program provides a recreational outlet from the harsh environment. It’s also a great way for the troops to interact with the locals as they learn from each other through sport.”
As of today we have reached a total of 3,049 soccer balls sent to our U.S. military men and women for distribution to the Iraqi children!
Our deepest appreciation to Gothard Lane, Steve Bamford, the ECAC and Brine Corp. for your contributions! And our sincere thanks to Gothard's niece First Leiutenant Ruth Wilson who has taken the time out of her hectic schedule to think of helping the Iraqi children, and to SFC John Lucas for distributing the soccer balls to the Iraqi kids!