St. Louis, MO - An estimated 1,000 meals were donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank through the charity soccer game between the St. Louligans and St. Louis American Outlaws on Saturday, January 3rd at the Soccer Park.
The number of donations doubled from last year’s event, and a winner in the match wasn’t clear until the final five minutes. The St. Louligans won by a final of 6-4 with two goals in the game's closing moments.
Andi Gerhart, Coach of the St. Louis American Outlaws side, said even with a loss, the event was a success for her team and the fans.
“It’s great to do what we all love,” Gerhart said. “When you get to give back and attract fans to join in the charity, it makes for a really great event.”
The game was played with each team fielding 13 players, and St. Louligan participant Pat Kelly said the extra men were needed to cut down the amount of running.
“The game itself was just a great time,” Kelly said. “We had people who had never kicked a soccer ball before, but we also had some talented ex-college players. By the end, it was a very close and competitive game.”
A steady rain throughout the match did not keep the small contingent of fans from supporting the good cause. Kelly, who also is an Account Executive for STLFC, is able to work closely with the St. Louligans in their charity efforts.
“The cool thing about this job is that almost everything we do is for charity,” Kelly said. “The St. Louligans not only support STLFC, but they also have a big impact on the community here in St. Louis.”
Check out the event through social media here.