Spartan Teams participate in Play for Trey Day

Featured photo: photograph of Trey Zinn, 4, who is battling leukemia.

By Abrielle Battiste

The York College field hockey team, along with the men and women’s soccer teams, joined together to host the Second Annual Play for Trey Day on Saturday, October 24th, at the Grumbacher Center Outdoor Complex.

The field hockey team kicked off the action at 12 p.m. against Wesley College, and then the soccer programs both took on Southern Virginia at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Trey is a 4-year-old who battled leukemia. He underwent a bone marrow transplant this past May. He is the nephew of Spartan head field hockey Coach Carly Zinn. Trey was diagnosed in May 2014 and began receiving chemotherapy immediately.

Last year, the event raised funds for Trey and his family as they continued his fight against leukemia.

This year, the Spartans asked fans to donate new item for other children battling the disease at the Hershey Children’s Hospital to help keep them occupied while undergoing their treatments. Coloring books, crayons, Play Doh, and Legos were just a few items donated. Monetary donations were also accepted for this cause. Orange “Play for Trey” T-shirts were sold for $10.

Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost one out of three cancers. Orange is the official color of the Leukemia Society.

“The entire team has embraced Trey and our family, and we are hoping his story inspires people to help,” Zinn said. “Trey may only be 4, but he has shown us all how to be brave, to fight hard and to stay young at heart.”

Spartan fans wore as much orange as possible in support of Trey.

“I am very thankful for the support we have received from our coaches and department,” Zinn said.

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