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WPS Champions Flash to Host "Let Them Play" Event at Sahlen Sports Park

November 2, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Western New York Flash News Release

The Western New York Flash of WPS is excited to announce that they will be hosting the "Let them Play" event in honor of the Holland Girls Varsity Soccer on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Sahlen Sports Park. A free Clinic for kids from the age of 8-14 will be offered at 11 am, and one last game for the Holland girls will kick off at 12 noon. Their opponent is yet to be announced.

The 2011 season was another strong season for the Holland girls, as they finished upDivision play undefeated and hungry to enter the playoffs and hopefully a run to a State Championship title. Unfortunately, their season was ended abruptly asaccording to guidelines set forth by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, high school soccer teams -- statewide -- are only allowed to participate in 16 games per season. The problem is,the Hollandgirls competed in 17 matches.The team was immediately disqualified from further competition and the appeal by the school was denied. Their season was over. "The consequences from these unfortunate events are hurting the ones that have done nothing wrong, and this really hit home with some of my teammates and our organization itself. We could not sit back and watch these kids suffer from something that they had absolutely nothing to do with," Flash player Alex Sahlen stated.

"I've won 2 Championships as a player (2010 W-League, 2011 WPS) and 2 as a coach (MAAC Championship withNiagara Universityand a NYSWYSA State Cup) and although I will lookupon those Championships as one of the biggest accomplishments in life, I will cherish more the relationships that I had with fellow players, coaches and take those life lessons that I learned from those special people with me. These girls will never be able to step on the field and try for a State Championship, but they deserve one last game together."

The event will begin at 11 AM, as WNY Flash players and Head Coach Aaran Lines will host a 30 minute clinic prior to the match.The clinic will be openfor the first 100 players who register via email.To register for the clinic, please email Maria at the WNY Flash (maria.wnyflash@gmail.com) your childs name, age, birthdate, address, phone number and soccer club. To participate in the clinic, the Flash is asking all participants to bring two (2) canned goods that will be donated to the Food Bank of WNY.

The Holland Girls Soccer Club will arrive at the facility at 11:15 am and use the WNY Flash locker room to prepare for their match.Warmup will begin at 11:40 and kickoff will be at 12 noon. The teams will be coached by WNY Flash staff or players, and Sahlen Sports Park is making custom shirts for all of the participants in the match.

Various prizes and WNY Flash merchandise will be raffled off prior to and during the game. Spectators who wish to view the game that do not have immediate ties to the Holland or opposing team are encouraged to arrive early to guarantee a spot to watch the game as it will be first come, first serve. WNY Flash players will be available pre and post game to sign autographs and pose for pictures. The Holland teampost game would then be able to share a meal together hosted by Sahlen Sports Park together in their team room.The Holland community is just a short 15 minute ride from the official training facility of the WNY Flash.Sahlen's Sports Park is located at 7070 Seneca Street, Elma, NY - 14059.

For teams that are interested in playing against Holland, please contact Alex Sahlen at:alexsahlen@yahoo.comor call716 6557529.

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