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WNY Flash Academy to host youth pickup night to benefit Harvey relief

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas has sent tremors through the country, and the Western New York soccer community will host an event to support the relief efforts.

The Western New York Flash Academy and West Seneca Soccer Club present a night of youth pickup soccer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the West Seneca Soccer Complex (3747 Seneca St., West Seneca).

The minimum donation is $5 cash per child, and proceeds will be donated to All Hands Volunteers Hurricane Harvey Fund, which was chosen because of its high ranking on Charity Navigator.

Flash Academy director of coaching Rob Ferguson, who has spearheaded the event, wants the evening to also be a unifying force for the Buffalo soccer community.

"[This event] is for a good cause, and transcends teams, programs, clubs and competitors," Ferguson wrote in a release. "Let's step up together to help. Several youth soccer clubs, premier and town, including West Seneca, Kenmore, Global Premier Soccer Buffalo, Orchard Park, and Empire United Buffalo have all stepped up to help us and confirmed their support for this event and cause."

Kids of any age and gender interested in participating may show up at West Seneca Soccer Complex, pay at the check-in tent upon arrival and then be placed in the age-appropriate pickup game. Sahlen's will supply and grill hot dogs for purchase, and those proceeds will also benefit the fundraising effort.

Players from local college soccer programs have also been invited to support the effort by volunteering their time and hanging out at the event.

Read more about some of the clubs involved in the fundraiser below:

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