DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan will be seeing the inaugural Forever Cup this Saturday after months of planning by Fostering Hope and the head soccer coaches at Dothan High School and Providence Christian School.
“This is really just about creating a great event for the community that the community can get behind to be part of that grows awareness,” Providence Christian School Soccer Coach Paul Fripp said.
This is a first not only for the non-profit but also for the schools, as they want to bring the community together for a fun, educational night.
The Forever Cup is not only to raise funds for Fostering Hope but also to raise awareness for the foster care system itself and the children that are part of it.
“I feel like we have this unique opportunity on a big scale with a sport that is one of the fastest-growing sports in America and really popular in our area to really push something that really needs some more awareness like fostering and adoption resources in our area,” Fripp said.
Fostering Hope helps foster parents and children alike settle into new homes by offering needed items like clothes and other supplies.
On top of all the other reasons to have this game, it hits home for Fripp, as he is a foster parent himself.
“For me, personally, as a dad seeing the love and care that my own children have now shown to other children that their parents or their families decided that they’re not worth the time, that for me is amazing,” Fripp said. “You know these kids deserve it. These kids deserve a moment that forever will change their life and that’s really where the whole forever cup came from.”
The gates open at 5 p.m. at Providence Christian School and monetary or item donations are welcomed.