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Celebrities raise money for sick children at soccer game

Posted: May 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Players for the Combat Radio Celebrity Charity Soccer Invitational line up Sunday at Canyon High School.

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More than 100 people showed up Sunday to watch some of their favorite celebrities raise money for sick children by playing each other in a friendly match of soccer.
Film and TV celebrities such as Twilight’s Rick Mora and Highlander’s Adrian Paul showed up at Canyon High School for the Combat Radio Celebrity Charity Soccer Invitational — a fundraising event to raise money for children and young adults suffering serious illnesses through a non-profit charity program called Project Kindle.
The specific goal Sunday was for celebrities from TV shows, such as Spartacus, Fallings Skies, Mad Men, True Blood, Weeks and Breaking Bad, to raise enough money to buy respirators for sick children, said event coordinator Ethan Dettenmaier.
“I’m happy to have the celebrities here but I’d be happier if we raised money for the recipients,” Dettenmaier said, sporting the black uniform of one of the two teams.
Project Kindle’s mission is to improve “the quality of life for children, young adults and families through year-round recreational experiences, educational programs and support services,” according to its website.
For celebrities, it was a way to have fun and help kids in the process.
“I’m all for charities,” said Mora. “I have a blessed life, and if I get a chance to participate in an event that helps others that is something increasingly important to me.”
Mora and Robinson, members of the red team who squared off against celebrities wearing black uniforms, stretched with their team members before the game.
“He (Dettenmaier) asked some celebrities to take part,” said Robinson.
“I don’t think of myself as a celebrity, but I am slightly familiar to those people that watch too much TV,” she said.
Robinson, who has appeared in Iron Man 3, CSI and King of the Nerds, said she was grateful for the chance to help others.
Since 2004, Project Kindle’s primary purpose has been to serve those with serious illnesses, special needs and other life challenges by providing cost-free camping programs, year-round support and advocacy and offering innovative peer-based HIV/AIDS education for people ages 12-24.
Sports participants such as those helping out Sunday hope to build a stronger future for seriously ill children, one in which they have the leadership and character to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.
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