August 30: Deer Park Soccer Has Heart

August 30: Deer Park Soccer Has Heart


August 30: Join the soccer teams in raising awareness to fight heart disease and stroke

Alumnus Matthew Bosse ('16) is just your typical college freshman at Xavier University. While at Deer Park, he was on the soccer team and he was the varsity captain his senior year. In his spare time, he runs his own lawn mowing business, is involved in his church, hangs out with his friends, and volunteers in his community. 

You would never know by looking at or talking to him that Matthew was born with a congenital heart disease called pulmonary stenosis. 

Pulmonary stenosis is a thickening of the pulmonary valve.  At the age of 1, and again at 13, he had a surgical procedure – valvuloplasty – to open his pulmonary valve.  Valvuloplasty is a relatively new procedure that is less invasive than open-heart surgery and therefore saved him from undergoing open-heart surgery twice.  As a result, Matthew’s family realizes how important research is in the development of new technology and treatments for heart disease and stroke. 

Matthew’s family began a team, Matthew’s Mighty Marchers, which has been actively participating in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Mini Marathon for 16 years and has raised over $118,000 for the lifesaving work of the AHA.  While the family initially began the team in Matthew’s honor, they “march” for themselves, too.  And for you. 

“Everyone has a heart.  Every single person benefits from the research and education the AHA has to offer.  Everyone needs to understand the symptoms of a stroke, or how to eat healthy to prevent heart disease in their own future.  Everyone should take an interest in supporting the AHA because everyone benefits from their work,” says Matthew. 

Previously, parents Mary Kay and Doug Bosse, Team Leaders as well as the Community Leadership Team Chairs, have worked to support the AHA by organizing soup lunches at the family parish of St. John the Evangelist and by partnering with Team Oblinger (Heart Mini participants from Cincinnati’s west side) to organize corn hole tournaments. 

Last year, the family decided to organize a new fundraiser in which the Deer Park schools and soccer teams would work in conjunction with the AHA to raise awareness and money for further research and education. 

On Tuesday, August 30, the soccer teams invite you to attend the second annual fundraising dinner of Krimmer’s Italianette Pizza’s spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, and a breadstick from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Deer Park High School cafeteria.  Each meal is $5 per person, and you may dine in or carry out.

After you eat, head out to the stadium to buy your dessert at the Bake Sale and then sit in the stands to enjoy it as you watch your Deer Park Wildcats take on the Reading Blue Devils at 5 PM (JV boys) and 7 PM (varsity boys).

The soccer players encourage you to wear red for a “RED-OUT” in support of the efforts of the AHA.  The AHA will also be offering “Stayin’ Alive” Hands-Only CPR demonstrations throughout the game, among other fun educational opportunities. 

Any donations will also be accepted to help the cause and will have a split the pot drawing. All proceeds will directly benefit the American Heart Association.