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Score Time with Olympian and Soccer Superstar Abby Wambach

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

This is an opportunity for these girls to engage in a little bit of off-the-field competition.

Girls’ soccer teams, here’s your chance to talk sports, life and Olympics with Pittsford-native and soccer superstar, Abby Wambach: all you and your teammates have to do is be the high fund-raising girls’ soccer team in the “Compete to Meet Abby” challenge, a mini-competition new this year to the Stroll for Strong Kids, to be held on Saturday, June 3 in Genesee Valley Park.   

Area girls’ soccer teams are encouraged to wear uniforms or soccer apparel, collect sponsors and walk as a group in the Stroll for Strong Kids. This exceptional team-building competition, made possible by Preferred Care, provides girls with the chance to cultivate their charitable nature while vying for time with one of the greatest female sports role-models of their day.

“This is an opportunity for these girls to engage in a little bit of off-the-field competition,” said Al Chesonis, vice chair of the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong’s Board of Directors and chair person for the Stroll event. “It’s a good reminder that not every kid is healthy enough to play a sport like soccer, and plenty of kids that do have had to overcome their own injuries or illnesses. This competition encourages the girls that are healthy enough to play to team up to make a real difference in helping other kids get better.”

The prospect of time with Abby Wambach, Chesonis added, only sweetens the deal.

The Stroll is a 2-mile fund-raising walk and picnic event beginning with registration at 9 a.m.; the day packs clowns, face-painting, inflatable toys, outdoor bowling alleys, free lunch, a concert by Gary the Happy Pirate and other entertainment for the whole family. 

Other new additions to this year’s 10th annual Stroll for Strong Kids include a First Responders Cup competition (challenging area law enforcement, firefighting, EMS and ambulance personnel to form teams and raise the most in donations for the hospital) and a surprise 30th birthday party for loveable hospital mascot, Sandy Strong (expect birthday cake and bring your best singing voice!)

To register your team for the Stroll for Strong Kids’ “Compete to Meet Abby” challenge, visit  or call Karen Eisenberg at (585) 273-1462 or Linda Dirksen at (585) 273-5939.

You can also learn more about the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and this year’s five Miracle Kids by logging on to

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