RAVENA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A special moment on Thursday for a local 14-year-old soccer star battling cancer as her Schalmont team takes on RCS.
Davia Rossi couldn’t be here on Thursday because she’s going into her second round of chemotherapy Thursday night.
It’s out of the ordinary that the home team gives a gift to their visiting competition, but Davia Rossi is no ordinary girl.
After leading her Schalmont soccer team to the state championship last season, the 14-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Brittany Lanning, accepted an $800 check from the Ravina-Selkirk-Coeymans team, on her cousin’s behalf. It’s just one example of the community’s outpouring of support for Davia.
“She’s an amazing soccer player and she’s amazing on and off the field. I think the aggressive style that she plays for and how she’s always a fighter on the soccer field really translates into how she’s fighting against cancer now,” Lanning said.
Teams near and far are joining the #rossistrong movement by wearing green and the number 10. Friends and entire teams are shaving their heads. Even her boyfriend and her brother’s Virginia Tech soccer team are an inspiration to her teammates.
On Thursday, RCS joined Rossi Strong. When soccer coach Danielle Wolfe heard about Davia’s story she knew her team had to help.
Captain Samantha Baker says she and the team were eager to hold a fundraiser.
“Let’s do a bake sale and raise money for her,” Baker said.
On Thursday night, these two teams will be playing toward one goal, getting Davia well again so she can one day reach her goal of being on the U.S. National Team.
There will be a fundraiser for Rossi on October 23.