WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Due to the potential of inclement weather, the sixth annual Harry's game at UNCW Soccer Stadium has been moved to Sunday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Harry's Game is named after UNCW head coach Aidan Heaney's son, Harry, who has Down syndrome. All proceeds from the event go to TOPSoccer Program, ABLE to WORK, and the Special Olympics of New Hanover County.
"We love to get involved in this event and play with the kids before the game, and signing autographs after," UNCW sophomore Phillip Goodrum said. "It's more than soccer. It means so much."
"You see these kids and the smiles on their faces all the time," Seahawk sophomore Mark Lindstrom added. "It's fun to see, and it puts a smile on your face so it's great."
For coach Heaney, watching his players give back brings great joy.
"If you went out to TOPSoccer and saw how our players interact with the children they get to work with, I am tremendously proud of them, and it adds so much to their lives as well," the coach said.
Wake Forest, N.C. State, Duke, and North Carolina have traveled to Wilmington in years past to take part in Harry's Game at no cost to UNCW.
"We aren't paying them. We are providing meals for them," said Heaney. "They are coming down on their budgets and they are more than happy to come down and share in this event. I think that speaks volumes on what they are trying to do with their programs as well."
Gates open for Saturday's games start at 4 p.m.