First Responders Unite: Soccer Charity Event Aims to Support Veterans

In a show of unity and community spirit, the Medford Fire Department (MFD) and Medford Police Department (MPD) are teaming up to host a charitable soccer event on September 16th at 7 p.m. The event, will take place at the Lithia and Driveway Fields located at 300 Lowry Lane.

The driving force behind this event is a shared commitment to support military veterans. This event aims to raise funds for veterans facing various challenges, including injuries and PTSD.

Kris Miller, one of the event’s organizers, commented: “Our collective goal for this event is to bring together public servants and the citizens of our community to support those who have bravely served and sacrificed for our country.”

The event holds special significance for the Medford Fire Department, as it comes on the heels of a life-changing surgery for one of their own, James Oppelt. James is deeply admired by his colleagues, and this event serves as a tribute to his resilience and the valor of all veterans.

The events organizers have received support from local businesses, including Moxley Media for uniforms, Signs Now for custom shin guards honoring James Oppelt, and the Rogue Valley Timbers for helping with event promotion and providing access to their facilities at the Lithia Driveway fields.

Families from Medford and beyond are invited to mark their calendars for an evening of community, compassion, and soccer on September 16th. Ollie’s Pizza will offer an assortment of treats, and Royal Coffee will provide a variety of beverages. The organizers extend a warm invitation to all to join in the festivities and make this event truly memorable.

For those who wish to contribute to this noble cause, donations can be made via the following link: Your generosity will have a significant impact on the lives of military veterans who have selflessly served our great country.

“As a Medford local my whole life, it is cool to see so many people come together. All of us are humbled and thankful for the donations that have come in over the past few months. We are looking forward to the event, and hope a lot of the community comes out to support us. We would love to see youth in their team jerseys and adults in their favorite jerseys as well,” Miller emphasize.

Organizers say this soccer charity event promises to be a heartwarming testament to the power of community coming together for a noble cause, and everyone is encouraged to participate and show their support for our veterans.

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