Portsmouth High to host Newtown soccer fundraiser

Portsmouth high school's women's soccer will host the team from Newtown, Connecticut this weekend in a fundraiser for the Newtown International Center for Education, in memory of the students and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary. Here's the e-mail sent this morning by PHS coach Jim Blaess:

Dear Friends,

My name is Jim Blaess and I am the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Portsmouth High School. This year, as our team’s charitable effort, the Lady Patriots have decided to help fundraise in the Memory of the Students and Teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut.

There are many facets to this effort, which are fundraising, good will between communities, hospitality, and a friendly competitive soccer game between the Portsmouth High School Girls’ Team and the Newtown High School Girls’ Team.

The Newtown team will be graciously hosted by the Inn at Newport Harbor Hotel for the weekend. They will also enjoy sightseeing events in Newport. On Saturday, October 5th at 6pm Portsmouth will play Newtown in a friendly competitive game hosted by Roger Williams University. We would love to have you attend and see some very competitive and well played soccer!

One major part of this event is a monetary donation towards the Newtown International Center for Education, a Parent and Community Organization. This organization supports teacher scholarships and professional development to bring resources to their classrooms.

This is where we need your help with this endeavor. We are hoping you can make a contribution now to help us with this effort. This is a tax exempt donation; the tax ID number is 46-0578959.

If you have the ability to donate please make checks out to the PHS Athletic Boosters Club and in the Memo line please write Newtown Soccer. The mailing address for your donation is:
PHS Athletic Boosters Club
PO Box 438
Portsmouth, RI 02871

We are working hard to make this event as memorable for the Newtown Team. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Jim Blaess and the PHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team

Editorial note: Written from a PHS e-mail