While most senior student-athletes are focused on what the future holds for them individually, senior wrestlers Chris Fini and Yuval Fogelman are dedicating this season to something bigger than themselves.
As part of their Participation in Government civic action project, the boys decided to use their final high school wrestling season to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer research. Through the Pin Cancer program, Chris and Yuval are actively soliciting donations from the Goshen community that will go straight to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“We knew we wanted to make a difference and try to put an end to this,” says Chris. “My family has been affected by cancer. So has Yuval’s. We are both passionate about this cause.”
Head Coach Jarrad Vrydaghs isn’t surprised by his seniors’ actions. “I’m not shocked,” coach Vrydaghs said. “You can’t ask for better kids than these two guys. They are special young men.”
Chris and Yuval’s original goal was to raise $750. Having raised more than $300 in just a few short weeks, they are hopeful to shatter their original goal. Chris would like to see just how much money they can raise. “We’re going to keep going and keep raising as much money as we can until the end of the season. We’re noticing people really want to give to this cause.”