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Hounds host fundraiser Saturday to support girl's battle with brain cancer

Earlier today the Riverhounds shared that they will be hosting a very worthwhile effort to assist a young girl, and her family in her battle with brain cancer.
For more information about the fund raiser that will take place this Saturday at Highmark Stadium, with a cookout in the afternoon prior to the game and then during the game, please contact John Rotz at


This Saturday, Aug. 5, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds will be assisting one courageous, young girl’s battle with brain cancer.
The club is partnering with Payton’s Army, a group formed to help 11-year-old Payton Michele Bowling, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma this past May. A rare form of brain cancer that affects only two out of 100,000 people aged 5-14, Bowling underwent successful surgery in May.
In conjunction with the Hounds’ match that night against the Richmond Kickers, the club and Payton’s Army will host a fundraiser aimed to help the Bowling family with medical costs, as Payton continues her recovery from surgery.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated directly to the Bowling Family.
The efforts will start with a cookout, scheduled from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday at Highmark Stadium. Cost of attendance will be $20 at the gate. Attendees are encouraged to bring monetary or non-perishable food item donations.
The fundraiser will then continue into the evening, as the Hounds face the Kickers at 7 p.m. 
Payton will be in attendance for the match, walking out with the team prior to the first whistle. The Hounds will also wear special edition kits to further help raise money, as the jerseys will be auctioned off through a ticket raffle at the end of the night.
Receiving more than 30 different donations to date from several professional franchises across multiple leagues and sports, the club will host two auctions, one at the cookout and one at the game, with all proceeds going towards the Bowling family. A current list of the items can be found below, while information on the items included in each specific auction has yet to be determined.
For more information on the Payton’s Army Fundraiser, contact Hounds operation manager and Bowling family friend John Rotz at
Here’s a look at some of the really great soccer donations that have already been secured for the auctions being held on Saturday.

93.7 The Fan pack

Atlanta United Almirón signed jersey
Columbus Crew SC Zack Steffen worn/signed boots

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Columbus Crew SC team signed jersey
Dunkin Donuts gift cards
Glasgow Rangers team signed jersey
Grip-Rite Single Tank Air Compressor
Grip-Rite Finishing Nailer
Jerome Bettis signed book – “My Life in and Out of a Helmet”
Kennywood tickets
LA Galaxy pack – assorted team items
LA Galaxy team signed jersey
Louisville City FC team signed jersey
iHeart Media pack
Ottawa Fury FC scarf
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby signed replica jersey
Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen signed replica jersey
Pittsburgh Pirates tickets
Pittsburgh Riverhounds pack – assorted team items
Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Foote signed mini helmet
Portland Timbers 2 team signed jersey
Real Salt Lake Kyle Beckerman worn/signed boots
Real Salt Lake team signed jersey
Rochester Rhinos team signed jersey
Saint Louis FC pack – assorted team items
Saint Louis FC team signed jersey
Savor Pittsburgh tickets
Signed Ball by Saint Louis FC head coach Preki
Sporting KC team signed ball
Stage AE concert tickets – Milky Chance
Stage AE concert tickets – Sylvan Esso
Tampa Bay Rowdies Joe Cole Worn/Signed Jersey

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Tampa Bay Rowdies Joe Cole signed Team England replica jersey
USL Match Ball
USWNT replica jersey signed by Abby Wambach
Whole Foods gift cards

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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