Firebirds Girls Soccer Tournament Nets Funds for Lung Association

Albany,New York (July 14, 2009)

The American Lung Association in New York is the beneficiary of more than $1500 raised by Poughkeepsie's Girls Under 10 (GU10) Firebirds Soccer Team at their "Blow the Whistle on Asthma and Lung Disease" Benefit Tournament that was held recently at Greenvale Park. All the money donated will be used to support the Lung Association's research, education and advocacy efforts for asthma and lung disease.

"We want to thank Coach Joe Quinlan and all the members of the GU10 Firebirds Soccer Team for putting this tournament together to help support people who struggle to breathe every day," said Deborah Carioto, Interim President and CEO of the American Lung Association in New York. "Not only did this tournament raise much-needed funds to help our effort, it raised awareness about asthma, lung disease and the importance of clean air both in the community and among our youth."

Included in the donation total was $170 in concession stand proceeds that was generously donated by the Town of Poughkeepsie Soccer Club GU13 Hotshots, and $150 donated by the Miraj Corporation. In total, 13 teams attended the tournament to benefit the Lung Association.

"I'm very proud of our team and all the teams who participated in this year's tournament," said Coach Joe Quinlan, head coach of the Firebirds. "As athletes, all these kids rely on their lungs to perform their very best out on the field. With this tournament, they had the opportunity to give back by helping those who struggle just to breathe."

The American Lung Association in New York and the Firebirds would like to extend their thanks to the Town of Poughkeepsie for allowing the team to use its fields, and to Mohammed Maanane, Matt Davis, Andy Thompson, Zach Ficht, Fabian Aravena and Joe Carucci, all of whom gave of their time by serving as volunteer referees at the May 16th Tournament.

Pictured with the members of the GU10 Firebirds Girls Soccer Team are Firebirds head coach, Joe Quinlan, team manager Tricia Barefoot, and assistant coach Kerry Lamoree.

For more information about the American Lung Association in New York, or to make a donation, visit www.alany.org.