Current members of the Frank Scott Bunnell High School girls and boys soccer teams will face off against former Bunnell Bulldogs in an alumni game on November 20th. The event, which will be held at the high school in Stratford, CT, is a fundraiser to benefit Halle’s Hope–a local charity dedicated to the memory of Halle Anne Root, who passed away at the age of five. Even at her young age, Halle had a firm belief that anything was possible, so the foundation raises money to help other children in the area find a way to reach their full potential.
The coed soccer game taking place this month will pit senior members of the boys and girls soccer teams against both male and female Bunnell graduates, all of whom played soccer for the Bulldogs while they were in school. The game will be played in two 40-minute halves and underclassmen from the Bunnell teams will provide support as concession stand workers, scoreboard operators, and ball boys/girls. While admission to the game is free, donations are encouraged, and all money raised will go straight to Halle’s Hope. In addition, both seniors and alumni will be asked to pay a $10 fee to participate in the game, all of which will also be donated to the cause.
5-year old Halle passed away in December 2012 after battling with a brief illness, and her parents and community have actively been trying to get Halle’s Hope off the ground ever since. The organization is working to raise money for children in need in Connecticut, and they have achieved some great results in a short amount of time. Earlier this year, the foundation created “Halle’s Closet” in the pediatric unit of Bridgeport Hospital. Stocked with over 600 toys, the closet will bring joy to the boys and girls who are fighting various illnesses in Halle’s community.
To find out more about Halle’s Hope and the work it is doing for Connecticut children, visit the organization’s Facebook page at