On most Saturdays at the Northport Soccer Complex, the fields are buzzing with activity as soccer players and soccer balls dart across the grass.
But this Saturday, the fields were buzzing with a different activity. Actor Billy Baldwin was on the field. He was presented with a $32,000 check for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund from the Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club.
Baldwin’s mother Carol, 84, is chairwoman of the organization she founded in 1996.
This is the second consecutive year the soccer club has raised money for the cancer charity.
Baldwin, vice president of the foundation, said he appreciated the tremendous support shown for the organization.
“I can’t thank the Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club and the Northport community enough. I admire the civic mindedness of the club and community,” the 50-year-old Massapequa native said.
Fritz Garrecht, a member of the Baldwin foundation board and a former soccer coach, came up with the idea to get the Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club involved.
He said after watching countless moms show up at soccer games to support their children, he thought it was time to show them support.
“For me, the soccer mom is an icon,” said Garrecht, 56, of Northport, adding that he’s has known three women connected with his children’s soccer teams that have had cancer. “Soccer moms make huge commitments. A lot of soccer moms have been affected by breast cancer, and I wanted to show support for the moms during the month of October -- breast cancer awareness month.”
The money for the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund was raised through the annual Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club’s Columbus Day Weekend Tournament. This year’s tournament had 340 soccer teams participating and 2,000 pairs of pink socks were sold to support breast cancer awareness. Soccer teams came from all over to participate -- Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Manhattan and even Canada. The soccer club also received private donations for the charity.
On Saturday, Baldwin said he was thrilled to be in Northport on the soccer field.
“I grew up in Massapequa and the Massapequa Soccer Club was killer in the 1970s,” he said. “I love partnering with the soccer club to raise breast cancer awareness. To get hundreds of soccer teams together to raise money and have an impact on breast cancer. This is not insignificant, it’s incredible.”