Bo Bucher, left, kicks the ball past Jacob Bailey, both 12, during a 3-on-3 soccer tournament fundraiser for Maya Kinney.
The Perrysburg Soccer Club and Greater Toledo Futbol Club rallied around one of its own by hosting a three-on-three soccer tournament Saturday to raise money for the family of Maya Kinney, 13, who needs major surgery.
Maya has a rare case of adolescent scoliosis, and is expecting a lengthy December surgery to straighten her back. Maya, of South Toledo, has played soccer since she was 4. Her mother, Jen Kinney, said the surgery will cost about $150,000. Since Maya won‘t be able to be active for a year, she wants to take her daughter to HalloWeekends at Cedar Point before the surgery.
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Maya is planning on getting back into soccer after she’s healed up, possibly for high school teams.
The fund-raiser tournament was at Rivercrest Park in Perrysburg from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with more than 70 teams with players from 6 years old to adults. Jorge Diaz, vice president of the Perrysburg Soccer Club, and Perrysburg High School coach, was hoped to be able to donate more than $3,000 to the family.
The event also featured T-shirt sales, raffles, contests, and some concessions. There an online donation page at http://www.gofundme.com/b6a8fw.
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