Local Soccer Programs Team Up to Support Families at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Through Coaches vs. Cancer Event
Erin Herbert

Girls' soccer teams from Cardinal Gibbons, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Cypress Bay and North Broward Prep teamed up to support families at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital through the eighth annual Coaches vs. Cancer game on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Each year, the four teams join together for a night of friendly competition to support an incredible cause — supporting those who have been affected by cancer. Hosted by Cardinal Gibbons, this year's Coaches vs. Cancer event was dedicated in memory of Emma Sorensen, a 13-year-old Coral Springs Middle School student who lost her battle with cancer in January 2020. 

"It is a privilege to be a part of this event every year, and being able to host it this season was an added bonus," said Cardinal Gibbons head girls' soccer coach Margo Flack. "This is my favorite event of the season. Having four teams who are competing against each other on the field come together for one very special cause really makes this event something to look forward to every year."

Mike and Michael Sorensen posing with Cardinal Gibbons, Cypress Bay, North Broward Prep and Douglas girls' soccer coaches

In total, the four teams were able to collect over $1,200 in Publix and other assorted gift cards, as well as dozens of other donations, including coloring books, colored pencil and marker sets, stuffed animals and assorted candies. The Sorensen family chose for all items collected through the event to be donated to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital to help spread cheer to current patients battling cancer. Emma's father, Mike, and brother, Michael, attended the event and were able to see Emma's legacy of generosity and kindness live on in the South Florida community. 

"Seeing the players take the lead with the collection is what makes it such a special event," Flack said. "It means something to them; it's bigger than soccer, and seeing the players realize that — that's what really matters."