following is from the Oakley Press (http://oakleypress.com/article.cfm?articleID=18829):
02/08/2008 - 1:00 a.m. PDT
inaugural Penalty Kick Challenge, girls from each level of the Antioch
and Deer Valley high school girls soccer programs got together to raise
money for their respective teams and the Rosie the Riveter Trust.
Avi Burk, Email:
schools recently put aside their heated cross-town rivalry and came
together as sister institutions to raise funds for their respective
girls soccer programs and help a worthwhile charity while they were at
More than 60 girls from Antioch and Deer Valley high schools got
together on the turf field at Pittsburg City Park last Saturday for
their first-ever Penalty Kick Challenge, a fundraiser that benefited
both soccer programs as well as the Rosie the Riveter Trust. The trust
runs the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, honoring American
women’s labor during World War II. Established in 2000, the memorial is
the first in the nation to honor the estimated 18 million women who
worked in WWII defense industries and support services.
“We wanted to have it so that it was more than just a high school
fundraiser and tie it into the community,” said Antioch head coach Will
Whitney, who came up with the idea to donate 10 percent of the proceeds
to the Trust. “It’s a good cause to honor and support the tradition of
strong women and the ‘We can do it!’ attitude. It’s really a perfect fit
with girls athletic teams.”
In the past, Antioch High has gotten together with Pittsburg High for
shootout fundraisers, but because the Pirates didn’t have a head coach
in place until a week before this season, Whitney extended an invitation
to Deer Valley, which coach Lee Foster was quick to accept.
“Deer Valley and Antioch are sister schools,” explained Foster. “Will
Whitney is an awesome coach. I’ve known him for years. In fact, he
coached my daughter, and when he approached me about the PK Challenge
and told me about his idea to donate part of the money to the Rosie the
Riveter Trust, I stepped right up and said OK.”
Deer Valley won this year’s shootout, the first of what both coaches
expect to become an annual event, converting on 53 percent of its shots
on goal while holding Antioch to 49 percent.
Even more impressive, both of Deer Valley’s varsity goalkeepers were
unavailable for the event. The recent downpour forced the teams to push
back the event a week (moving it from Antioch’s natural grass field to
Pittsburg City Park’s turf field), and one of the Wolverine goalies had
already made travel plans that couldn’t be changed; the other suffered
an injury the day before that kept her from participating.
So Deer Valley JV freshman Dana Shoenberger, who hadn’t played
goalkeeper all season, volunteered to get between the crossbars and take
a stab at it.
Although both teams are still in the process of collecting their
pledges, Whitney expects each team to have raised somewhere in the
neighborhood of $1,000. And Foster expects the event to be even bigger
and more successful next year.
For more information about the Rosie the Riveter Trust and Rosie the
Riveter Memorial, visit
www.rosietheriveter.org. Donations to the trust should be sent to
Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350), 117 Park Place, Richmond, CA