Aug 6th, 2013

Lehigh Valley, PA. –– Catasauqua Youth Soccer Association will host the third annual Sage Stauffer Memorial Soccer Tournament on August 24, 2013 (rain date August 25, 2013) at Catasauqua High School, in Northampton; the goal of the tournament is to raise money for a scholarship fund in Sage’s memory.

As Dwight David Eisenhower said, “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.”  Eisenhower’s words ring true every day; life without Sage will never be the same – we can only go forward to keep Sage’s spirit alive.

Sage passed away unexpectedly on August 30, 2010 at the age of 12 from a bicycle accident.  Sage was unique.  Most days, he kept to himself inside playing X-box, building Legos, watching “Friends”; and eating snacks.  Sage was the kid that had few close friends but could talk the ear off of a stranger in a restaurant.  He was quiet and polite, at times lacking confidence yet not worried about what anyone thought of him.  He did things in his own style and fashion often mis-matching socks and clothes.  However, he came alive on the soccer field – gaining confidence; encouraging teammates and competitors alike; and often trying to invent a new move to surprise his opponents.  When he was younger, he never cared about the score.  In the last year he played though, he changed.  He strived to be better; practicing for hours at times to perfect a move. He never wanted to disappoint his teammates.  He quickly became the team captain in a group where he knew no one prior to the first practice.  Soccer helped to shape Sage into the boy that he was; and the man he was on the verge of becoming.  In the words of George Chakiris, “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.”

Our goal is to share his passion and love of the game with other kids and keep them involved in sports to build confidence and teamwork; gaining the same advantages from soccer that Sage did.  Games are 6 v 6, small-sided, and 25 minutes long at a reasonable cost.

We’re also proud to announce that we’ve received donations and support from so many including Coca-Cola Bottling of the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Dairy, Just Born, Sheetz, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Adventure Aquarium, Allentown Municipal Golf Course, AMC Theaters, American Girl, AMF Parkway Lanes, Atlantis Casino and Resort, Barry Lovelace Athletic Training, Blondies, Blue Monkey, Build-A-Bear, Cabot Creamery, Canvas On Demand, Crayola, Fifth and Pacific Companies, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Lost River Caverns, Lehigh Valley Laser Tag, Lehigh Valley Paintball, Minted, Panera Bread, Philadelphia Chocolate Tours, Philadelphia Eagles, Pink Calyx, Pittsburgh Steelers, Coinstar/Redbox, Stampin Up, Whitetail Resort, Willow Brook Golf Course, Schyulkill Valley Sports, Upper Perk Sportswear, Phil’s French Fries, Rita’s Italian Ice, and Feasta Italiana.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 


Media contact:

Julie Stauffer

(610) 737-5940, moc.atrabanull@reffuatsj