The opening day for any sport is always an important one, but the first game for the Kings Park girls varsity soccer team on Thursday will add something even a little more special.
The team will be honoring Lauren Lenardi, who is celebrating her 16th birthday that day. Lauren played junior varsity soccer for the team, but has not played since. of her freshman year and hasn't been able to attend school.
"Lauren has remarkable strength," said coach Bridget Keenan, in an email to Patch."She inspires everyone around her and she has the ability to make those around her better people."
The Sept. 13 game, dubbed Lauren Strong, will be played at 4 p.m. at the high school as Kings Park takes on West Babylon.
"We will be honoring Lauren and all that she stands for that day and also help celebrate her 16th birthday," said Keenan.
If you would like to help support Lauren you can send donations to William T. Rogers, Attention Bridget Keenan, 97 Old Dock Road, Kings Park, NY 11764. Checks can be made payable to Love for Lauren.