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‘Heart of Our Existence’: Walk To End Alzheimer’s Appreciation Game a culmination for City United FC

Photo courtesy Ed Thompson

Pittsburgh City United FC owner and interim manager, Michael Anton Monsour Jr., has pinned his hopes that this coming Saturday will be the payoff of lot of hard work and investment from his efforts to build a lower-division soccer club which not only has focused on fielding a winning team, but one that lives up to its mission to make a difference in cause-related initiatives, particuarlly supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.

Monsour’s club will host division rival Sure Sports FC with a chance to qualify for the UPSL Northeast Divisional Playoffs.

As part of a cross-promotion with the Alzheimer’s Association, the match is being billed by the club as the Inaugural Walk To End Alzheimer’s Appreciation Game, to be played Saturday, October 16, 2021, with a scheduled 6 p.m. kickoff at UPMC Graham Field in Wilkinsburg.

“The Healthcare workers and volunteers deserve to be celebrated for their continued selfless efforts that have led to increased funding in research and awareness for this terrible disease and as a club and organization, their effort has been the guiding principle of our foundation,” Monsour stated. “Competing for a UPSL championship is important as it reflects our efforts as a team on the pitch, but this game, on this special day, is what matters most. This game stands for the very heart of our existence.”

Pittsburgh City United (5-2-1, 16pts) currently sit in second place in the Northeast Conference Beltway North Division as they’ll face Sure Sports FC (5-2,15pts) for a chance to clinch a playoff birth in the club’s highly anticipated Walk To End Alzheimer’s Appreciation Game.

​The club’s staff and players will first be in attendance as volunteers at the Pittsburgh Walk to End Alzheimers event, which will be at Highmark Stadium, where the team will be greeting volunteers and helping in the day’s activities. Later that evening the team will be back in action in what club owner and current head coach Michael Anton Monsour says is the most important game in this club’s history.

“I founded this club on the principles of providing awareness about the Alzheimers disease, and to provide support for the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association,” Monsour said. “Having been personally part of the volunteer efforts for the Alzheimers Association and specifically for the Walk, I know the sacrifice of time and effort our healthcare workers and volunteers have to put in, each year for this one very special day.”

How Can You Support the Alzheimer’s Association / 2021 Walk To End Alzheimer’s? 

Join Pittsburgh Soccer Now in Walking to End Alzheimer’s… 

​Pittsburgh Soccer Now is proud to take part in the efforts to support the Alzheimer’s Association.  You can join Our Team in  participating in the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 

If you are interested in taking part as part of our team or to support our team’s efforts, click this link to go to our Team Page.

Please note:

  1. We will be walking on Saturday, October 16, at Highmark Stadium.  The ceremony begins at 9:30 AM and the walk will begin at 10 AM.

  2. Registration prior to walk is strongly encouraged in order to streamline your day of Walk experience & to be sure to receive your incentives prior to Walk Day!

Purchase Tickets to the Walk To End Alzheimer’s Appreciation Game

Pittsburgh City United FC vs Sure Sports FC (UPSL – North Beltway Division) 

When: October 16, 6:00 PM

Where: UPMC Graham Field

Tickets available on Eventbrite: Click here for the link to purchase tickets

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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