Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:16

3rd annual "Kick Around the Clock for Cass" soccer game Featured

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WATERVILLE - An eleven hour soccer game in Waterville honored a Messalonskee High School student who passed away four years ago.


The sun came out just in time Sunday for the Shine On Cass Foundation's third annual soccer event.


The all-day game was created in memory of Cassidy 'Cass' Charette, a high school soccer star who died in 2014 in a hayride accident.


A couple of Cass's friends wanted to keep her spirit alive and started the "Kick around the Clock for Cass" soccer event.


"She would give anything to be on the field one more time," said Emily Hogan, one of Cass's friends who organized the event. "So why not take her favorite sport and just do something with it?"


The soccer game lasts eleven hours - a nod to Cass's number on the soccer field.


Twenty-two teams registered this year to have a time slot to play at Thomas College in Waterville.


Money raised from registration went to the Shine On Cass Foundation. Focused on community service, the foundation awards scholarships to local high schoolers and supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


"It means the world to me," said Hogan. She said she's thankful for "any chance that I can get that I get to give back to the community and kind of live on in her light."


"I can't say that I'd be where I am without this community and the way they've come around my family and myself and my sister," said Colby Charette, Cass's brother who was also at the game.


Cass's soccer coach led a youth soccer game, which was new this year.


Riley Field, another one of Cass's friends who helped put together the game said she appreciated, "really getting kids involved because as we're growing up and people are kind of moving away, it's important to keep those kids aware of who Cassidy was and how to shine her light."


Cass's friends and brother said they were honored to do some good for the young woman they said was always smiling and helping others.


"She brought light to every place she went," said Field thinking of her friend. "Her smile was contagious, she could just light up a room."


"She was incredibly special," said Colby Charette. "This event speaks a lot to her character, the way that she was able to bring out so many people who have never played this sport."


Information on future events can be found on the Shine On Cass Facebook page.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...