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Tiger girls soccer to battle breast cancer

The New Richmond girls soccer team has given a much higher meaning to its April 14 game against Somerset.

In addition to battling their rival team, the Tiger soccer players will also be battling breast cancer in the April 14 game.

The Tiger girls will make the contest, the "Go Pink!" game, which they hope to make an annual event. The Tigers are one of 88 teams around the state that are dedicating a game this season as a fundraiser in the battle against breast cancer.

The idea for the "Go Pink!" campaign originated from former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler and his foundation.

The idea started in the Kenosha area and has quickly swept across the state.

Each game also will feature three pink soccer balls. After the games, each team will keep one of the balls, while the third will be raffled. Georgia soccer-ball maker Select Sport has agreed to donate $4 of every ball purchase to an Atlanta hospital for breast cancer work.

Teams will be selling pink bracelets and pink ribbons. Butler said he wanted to partner with soccer teams, in part, because the sport is steadily growing and it encompasses the entire state. He said he hopes to continue the initiative annually, and it could also include girls basketball teams across the state next year.

The foundation is aiming to raise $90,000 this season.