A virtual gift card pull fundraiser is part of a high school soccer match that will be played in February in north San Antonio in memory of a student who died in 2008.
The 13th annual Ian’s Cup match between the soccer squads from Johnson High School and Reagan High School will take place Feb. 4. At 5 p.m. the boys teams will play, and at 7 p.m. the girls teams will play. Both matches will be held at Blossom Athletic Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road.
Tickets will be available online only at www.neisd.net/athletics/tickets.html beginning at noon Jan. 30.
The event is organized by Ian's Foundation, a nonprofit formed in memory of Ian Fincke, a Johnson High School student and soccer player who died at age 16 from a traumatic brain injury he sustained in a skateboarding accident.
According to a release, the foundation was formed to promote safety and welfare of San Antonio youth through education and scholarship awards. Ian's Foundation provides helmet safety talks at local schools and events throughout the San Antonio area. It is continuing its helmet safety campaign that was launched in 2020. More than 4,500 helmets have been distributed to date, foundation officials said.
The school with the highest aggregate score for the night will win the Ian’s Cup trophy and bragging rights for the year, according to the release.
Scholarships will be awarded post-game to four seniors, and four separate $500 donations will be made to local organizations chosen by each of the scholarship winners to allow underprivileged individuals the ability to play soccer or to provide helmets to those in need.
The gift card pull benefit has been set up at www.ianscup.org as a way to raise money for the scholarship awards, foundation officials said. Every person who buys a $25 gift card is guaranteed a gift card from a local business with a value of at least $25, with some valued at $100 or more.
A variety of T-shirts, hoodies, headbands, blankets and Pura Vida bracelets are available to preorder at www.ianscup.org. Orders placed by Jan. 17 are guaranteed for pregame delivery, the foundation said. To date, more than $61,000 has been awarded to San Antonio students and local organizations, and more than 4,500 helmets have been donated to youth in need in Fincke’s memory. Visit www.iansfoundation.org for more information or to make a donation.