UNCW Men’s Soccer to host annual ‘Harry’s Game’, to benefit children with special needs

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WILMINGTON — Coach Aidan Heaney and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington men’s soccer team will welcome Wake Forest to the UNCW Soccer Stadium for the fifth annual Harry’s Game to benefit children with special needs.

On Saturday, April 8, the Seahawks will take on the Demon Deacons at 6 p.m. All proceeds will go to the TOPSoccer Program and the Special Olympics of New Hanover County. Admission is $5 for adults, and youths 15 and under will be admitted free.

“This is a highlight on our calendar each year,” Heaney said. “Our goal for Harry’s Game is to bring awareness and acceptance of people with all types of intellectual disabilities as there is still a stigma associated with people who are born with different challenges.

“Raising a son with Down Syndrome has been a blessing for me and my wife, Stephanie. Like every kid, Harry wants to be accepted, have friends and be respected, so an event like ours tries to break down some of those barriers,” Heaney said.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. for a variety of different events. The Seahawks will host a free soccer clinic before the game, in addition to having inflatables, music and other activities for children. Free food and drinks will also be available.

“The turnout each spring from our community to support this event has been amazing and we have managed to raise money to donate to local charities as well,” Heaney said. “It is a fun evening with lots of activities for the kids, so we encourage everyone to come out.

“Thank you to Coach Bobby Muuss and his Wake Forest Demon Deacons for participating this year. Wake Forest was the 2016 NCAA College Cup runner-up, so fans can look forward to a high level of soccer at Harry’s Game,” he said.

UNCW has posted a 1-0-3 record in the event following last year’s 0-0 tie against Duke.

Past Harry’s Game Results:
Apr. 6, 2013 UNCW 1, North Carolina 1
Apr. 12, 2014 UNCW 2, NC State 0
Apr. 18, 2015 UNCW 0, Wake Forest 0
Apr. 16, 2016 UNCW 0, Duke 0

For more information, visit uncwsports.com. Follow UNCW Men’s Soccer on Twitter at @UNCWMenssoccer

-Content provided by Eric Rhew, UNCW Athletics

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