Youth soccer tournament in Escondido raising money for breast cancer research

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Hundreds of kids are taking over the fields of Francis Ryan Park in Escondido this weekend for a massive soccer tournament to raise money for breast cancer research

When an 8-year-old says soccer moms should not have to die, it is powerful. When you realize a one of the coaches is a mother of four who had a mastectomy two weeks prior, it is inspirational. That is what the second annual Kickin' It Challenge is all about. 

Many are not even old enough to understand breast cancer, but they have joined the fight.

The Kickin' It Challenge is a two-day tournament that kicked off at 8 a.m. Saturday. Over the weekend, 5,000 people are expected to cycle through as 120 youth teams compete.  

According to the numbers, one in eight of the soccer moms out there will be diagnosed. Dads are also at risk.

The kids told 10News they plan to fix the problem because their moms should not have to die and that their solution starts on the field. 

All the money raised will go directly to Susan G. Komen San Diego. The foundation plans to provide free services like child care, mammograms, temporary financial aid and even surgeries for people in San Diego.

Last year, 95 soccer teams from across California joined in the cause and raised more than $20,000. The goal this year is $30,000.

Click here for more information about the Kickin' It Challenge.

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