Funds will support community living for adults with differing abilities
On April 20, UMBC kicked off for a worthy cause against the University of Delaware for the sixth annual “Kicks for Chase” charity soccer game. The game is a fundraiser for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR). Attendees came out to support the services The Arc NCR provides for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In total, more than $4,400 was raised. The UMBC Retrievers won the game with a final score of 2-0.
Kicks for Chase began in 2013 in memory of Chase Bugarin. Chase, son of UMBC soccer standout Bryan Bugarin and his wife, Amy, was born with Down Syndrome and severe complications. In his memory, and to benefit kids like Chase with Downs Syndrome, UMBC Men’s Soccer began “Kicks for Chase” to raise money for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of this tremendous cause,” says UMBC Associate Head Coach, Anthony Adams. “Kicks for Chase has become an annual event where our program and local businesses raise money and bring awareness to Down Syndrome in memory of Chase Bugarin.”
Under Armour contributed commemorative t-shirts, and Papa Johns pizza and Chartwell’s Dining Services donated food to the game. These items were available for sale to attendees, with all proceeds going directly to The Arc NCR. Northwestern Mutual donated $500 in support of “Kicks for Chase,” and on May 21, Enterprise Holdings presented a check for $2,500 towards community living.
“It has been incredible to witness the support of UMBC, the Bugarin family, community members, Northwestern Mutual, Enterprise Holdings and additional corporate sponsors over the past six years,” says CEO of The Arc NCR, Shawn Kros. “The individuals we support look forward to watching the game every year, and it is a beautiful way to remember Chase, who will forever be missed.”
You can help contribute to Chase’s cause by donating or volunteering with The Arc NCR, a nonprofit helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more at www.arcncr.org.
About The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
For sixty-five years, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has empowered people with differing abilities to live, work and play in our community by providing support services and advocacy to adults and children and their families in Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information, call 410-836-7177 or visit www.arcncr.org.