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Saturday, July 7, 2012


If you haven't done so already, buy a ticket to the Union's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal vs. Sporting Kansas City this Wednesday night. Just do it.

Here's why: Because proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit the 'In Ian's Boots' organization, founded by Ron Miller and his wife Holly Wastler-Miller.

You might ask, 'What's that?' The Millers' 12-year-old son, Ian Miller -- a youth-soccer goalkeeper -- died in a sledding accident in January 20120. A Bible verse (James 1:2-4) was found in Ian's boots after he passed away: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

You've got to ask yourself, 'How cool was this kid?' Though Ian is no longer with us, his memory lives on through his parents' foundation in his name, which provides people in need with shoes -- helping the homeless or less-fortunate folks of Pottstown, Reading and Chester, as well as those in Honduras and parts of Africa.

So buy a ticket to Wednesday's game at, using the promo code 'INIANSBOOTS,' and $5 to every ticket will go to a great cause.

Do it. You know you want to.

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On a side note: I have the weekend off, so my colleague Matt Smith (@DTMattSmith, on Twitter) will be covering Sunday's game against visiting Toronto FC. Trust me, you're in good hands with Smith. He's Briarcliffe's finest. Give him a follow. Cheers and enjoy the match.


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