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WNY Flash Academy, FC Buffalo push charitable efforts

Buffalo's top-level sports organizations bear a responsibility to give back to the community, and the Western New York Flash Academy and FC Buffalo have laid out initiatives to give back.

First, the Flash Academy will host Kicking Cancer, a 4-vs.-4 youth tournament at West Seneca Soccer Complex (3747 Seneca St.) on June 24, for boys, and June 25, for girls. Teams, with a maximum of six players, will play a minimum of four matches that run 18 minutes apiece. Cost per squad is $150.

Proceeds support YRoswell, the branch of Roswell Park Cancer Institute that educates Generation Y about cancer as part of a larger mission to end the disease completely.

The age groups are split into '02/'03, '04/'05, '06/'07 and '08/'09, with the two younger age groups competing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then the older brackets from 2 to 5 p.m. each day.

Limited registration is still available here; contact WNY Flash Academy coach Regan Steele ( for further information. Spectators are welcome, as mini events include a juggling contest, dunk tank, yard games, raffles, a rumored appearance from Striker, the Flash mascot, and more.

Read more in-depth about the WNY Flash Academy in the Know Your Premier Club series.

Men's National Premier Soccer League side FC Buffalo has set up a host of fundraising opportunities in recognition of World Refugee Awareness Month (June), with some of the initiatives spilling into July.

Proceeds from the sale of two FC Buffalo T-shirts and three bracelets will benefit Jericho Road Community Health Center, which helps refugees adjust to and settle in Buffalo while providing medical care, and Westside International Soccer, a predominantly free youth program based out of Front Park that allows refugees and immigrants to develop and sharpen soccer skills. See the section of the FC Buffalo merchandise store here.

Three dollars per ticket sold for the Wolves' final home game - July 14 vs. AFC Cleveland - will benefit the two West Side-based organizations, too. You can find details on individual game tickets here.

The highest-level men's soccer club in Buffalo will also work in tandem with Westside on the annual Street Soccer Tournament, held July 8 in the parking lot of Front Park. More details on that event can be found here.


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