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West Babylon to host annual soccer marathon

A Rough Rider kicks the soccer ball in

A Rough Rider kicks the soccer ball in a game against the Western Mass Pioneers at Cy Donnelly Stadium in St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington. (June 12, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

The South Shore Soccer Club Inc. will host its 19th annual soccer marathon in West Babylon the weekend of June 3-4 to raise money for three local children with life-threatening diseases.

There will be 125  teams playing, marathon chairman Rob Thompson said, with each team consisting of 10 to 12 children from across Long Island. The marathon will begin at 6 p.m. each day at Van Bourgondien Park on Albin Avenue. The rain date is June 5.

No standings will be kept. Instead, the children will compete to raise money for three children, ages 3 to 6, two from West Babylon and one from West Islip, Thompson said.

Money will also be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, he said.

The teams that are the top fundraisers for each night of the marathon, as well as the teams who raise the most money in their division, will have their names inscribed on the Town of Babylon Supervisor’s Cup, a trophy displayed in Babylon Town Hall.

Last year, teams raised more than $35,000, Thompson said.

On Wednesday, Cold Stone Creamery on Deer Park Avenue in Babylon Village will donate 15 percent of all sales from 5 to 9 p.m. to the marathon.

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