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Boys, Girls Soccer Teams Set Doubleheader Against Milken To Raise Funds To Fight MS

The BHHS boys’ and girls’ soccer programs,with the help of the BHHS service learning program, will hold a fundraiser Saturday at the school to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease that affects 2.5 million individuals worldwide, including more than 400,000 Americans. It is most prevalent among young adults, especially young women . It is a debilitating disease without a known cure.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the boys and girls varsity soccer teams will play against their counterparts from Milken Community High School on the BHHS football field.

The girls’ will play first,  followed by the boys’ varsity game at 8 p.m.

Representatives from Youth Against Multiple Sclerosis (YAMS) will be in attendance to provide information and accept donations.

YAMS, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that started out in 2000 as an MS Walk team in the Southern California National MS Society’s Chapter of the National MS Walk.

The mission of YAMS, Inc. is twofold: to raise money to aid in the fight against MS and to spread awareness among youth about this disease.  

Money raised goes to research for treatments and for a cure, to help those with MS, and toward education.  

To date, YAMS has raised more than $250,000. The goal of spreading awareness to today’s youth includes teaching about MS, how kids can get involved, and empowering them to make a difference in their communities, as well as opening their minds to the lives of people with disabilities.  

The goals are achieved through workshops held in middle schools, high schools, and youth groups across the country as well as at events, and through the Web  site (www.youthagainstms.org) and newsletter that reaches more than 1,000 families three times a year.

“We’re each bringing people to donate, we want to raise at last $100 each,” said Melody Termechi, co-captain of the girls team of its members. “We know Milken will have at least 200 people there, and we want a lot more.”

The girls soccer team is having an impressive season. With about half a dozen games left until playoffs, “we’re doing well,”  said Coach Michael Sun.

For the first time in five years the Normans tied Santa Monica, 1-1 and are now in a duel with them for the league title.

The game went into double overtime with two players out. Starting sweeper Mashar Zargar with a neck injury and Nicole Star. Termechi  was also injured, so Sun’s team was out three captains.

“We lost a lot of really good seniors last year,”  Sun said. “The fact that we’re doing so well is exceeding expectations to some extent.”

So far this season the boys team has lost to Santa Monica, beat Inglewood and tied Hawthorne and Morningside.

On Wednesday, the team tied  Culver City, 0-0. “We should have won,”  said team co-captain Willy Woods.

“We outshot them five to one, we just couldn’t score.”

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