MADISON (WKOW)—Many kids head off to summer camp this time of year, but one group of boys decided to start their own soccer camp.
Saby Irigoyen and James Stadler started playing soccer together when they were four. Now at age 10, they're coaching their own soccer camp, along with another friend Jameson Smith, and it's all for a very special cause.
“James, he actually thought this up because my mom had Lymphoma cancer,” Saby said.
“I wanted to do something so no one would have to go through that same thing,” James added.
So the money raised through the camp will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“I'm so humbled and there's a silver lining in all of this and that's it,” said Saby’s mom, Rosemary Barrientos-Irigoyen.
On the field, the kids are learning things like dribbling and how to strike the ball, but off the field they're learning much more.
“You can't just be one person and decide I want to raise money, you need lots of help,” James said.
With the help of their moms, who've spent years bonding on the sidelines, the boys’ four-day soccer clinic drew nearly a dozen campers.
“I like coaching,” James said. “When they come, they're all excited and bouncing around.”
“They think it's really fun and some stuff is really funny,” Jameson said.
Saby says he wants to teach his players more than just a game.
“We're aiming to help them grow up in a couple years and learn that they can help other people,” Saby said.
And he hopes they're lucky enough to have teammates like his.
“It means a lot to me because it's good to help me know that I have friends by my side to help me.”
The boys raised a total of $250. If you'd like to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society you can do so here.
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