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Rose chili night is back again

THURS.| 10-19-22 | SPORTS

      Before starting his fall 2019 season, varsity soccer head coach Joey McAlduff was told to keep the “Chili Night” tradition in place. Back in 1994, coach Charlie Harvey came up with the idea of Chili Night as a way to fundraise for the Rose men’s soccer team.

     “[Chili Night] has been a tradition for a long time,” McAlduff said. “The previous coach, Coach Sam Lee told me this was a must as taking over the men’s program, so I have carried on the tradition since.”

     Planning Chili Night is not a simple task and lots of organizing goes into this fundraising tradition. Usually a mom of one of the soccer players is given the responsibility to plan Chili Night, and for the past four years Beth McAlduff has graciously 

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and successfully planned the big event.

     “Every four years a mother takes the ownership [of planning] and we have a great support from our parents who help with concessions,” McAlduff said. “As well as donating items and their time to assist with the success of Chili Night.”

     The men’s soccer team not only has players and parents that help but also many Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members that come and volunteer on the big night. Since JV soccer coach Kurt Garner is also the FBLA advisor, members help the soccer team by passing out take-out chili and other concessions during the game while they can earn credits for their contribution.

     “[The soccer players] help by selling chili tickets, raffle tickets, and also asking for sponsor logos for the T-shirts that Coach Kurt Garner has created,” McAlduff said.

     The chili sold at Chili Night has been a donation by the Rick House, a local restaurant, for the past two years now and most of the money raised goes into the Rose men’s soccer program. This year, they were able to successfully raise higher than their goal from the previous three years.

     “[This fundraiser] helps with supplies that are needed each season, senior gifts and bigger items such as our new uniforms and improvements to be made to help maintain the beauty of our field,” McAlduff said. “We are one of the few schools that have our own soccer field.”

      Chili Night was hosted at the Rose soccer field entry on Oct. 6th this year against D.H. Conley, our biggest rivals. This game was the perfect time to host Chili Night because of the significant amount of people that would be in the crowd to watch the game, along with being the best opportunity to raise money for the men’s soccer fundraiser. 

     “The crowd was unreal that night, there were a lot of people there to support us,” sophomore varsity soccer player Chris Bazelow said. “It was the most amount of people I have seen at a soccer game this season.”

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