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College Soccer Team (Plus Stuffed Animals) to Head to Texas in April; Bike Ride Called Off

March 21, 2011

Students on the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams at Iowa Lakes will travel to Texas in mid-April to participate in scrimmages at the Panda Cup Elite Soccer Tournament. In addition, they will officially present stuffed animals to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children while in the Dallas metro area. 

Unfortunately, the bike ride that was planned before the tournament has been called off.

“This plan included three intricate components. It was a huge undertaking for our soccer program,” said Troy Larson, Athletics Director. “We’re going to ensure that our students get to Dallas to play in scrimmages at the Panda Cup and we’re going to get those stuffed animals to the children at the Scottish Rite Hospital.”

“Sadly, we aren’t able to see the bike ride through to completion because our offices are short staffed at this time,” Larson said. “We would like to have done the ride, the scrimmages and the stuffed animals. Regrettably, we couldn’t do all three things and we felt that our priorities should be focused on the students.”

Larson said he had a desire to get the stuffed animals to their destination.

“We really appreciate the support of the citizens of Spencer – and throughout the Iowa Lakes area – on giving so many stuffed animals to this project,” Larson said. “There was a great partnership with KICD, CD107.7 and Lite 104.9 as well as area businesses as we collected more stuffed animals than I thought was possible. The students got behind the effort and the stuffed animals just kept coming in the doors.”

Spencer’s Heiter Truck Line Inc., has stepped forward and will ensure that the stuffed animals reach their destination. 

Other top supporters include a cash donation from Dr. Alex Pruitt of $1,000 which significantly helps get the students on their way to Texas. In addition, Zen Sports Group is providing lodging and some meals for the team during the tournament. 

Soccer students will head for the Panda Cup on Friday, April 15, and return on Monday, April 18. Students will participate in scrimmages on Saturday at the Panda Cup Tourney. 

College officials are currently planning a ‘send-off’ for the students on Thursday evening, April 14, at The Dock at Gateway North. A Chili Feed & Fun Night will be held from 5-7 p.m. that evening along with a number of fun activities. 

The trip to Dallas, Texas, is being sponsored at the Laker Gold level by Dr. Alex Pruitt, Orthopedics P.C.; KICD, CD107.7 and Lite 104.9; Heiter Truck Line Inc.; and, Zen Sports Group. Laker Century sponsors include Oakley Fertilizer Inc.; Clay Pickering, DDS; John & Carole Cotton; JB Solomon Inc.; Cabernet Catering; and, Drs. Fox & Boyd, DDS.  Others financially supporting the trip include Kevin L. Brown, C.B. Conover IV, Cathy Martin, Clemetta S. Hood, and Linda C. James. Other donations are still being accepted by contacting Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, at 712-362-0491 or

Once the soccer players have arrived, they will head to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The team will present their truckload of stuffed animals to the hospital, which treats children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders, and limb length differences, as well as related neurological disorders and learning disorders such as dyslexia. 

More information on the plans will be announced soon on the college Web site and in press releases to local media.


For More Information:

Contact: Troy Larson
Athletics Director

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