9th Annual Cocoa Beach High School Alumni Soccer Game ‘Play For Rafe’ Set for Nov. 29

By  //  October 24, 2019

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Proceeds TO benefit Cocoa Beach High soccer program and Rafe Maccarone Memorial Scholarship

Over a decade after the sudden and tragic death of Rafe Maccarone (#6) of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), those close to him continue to keep his memory strong with “Play For Rafe,” a fundraising event that has gone a long way to raising awareness about HCM and keeping Maccarone’s spirit alive.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – The 9th annual Cocoa Beach High School “Play for Rafe” alumni soccer game is set for Cocoa Beach Minutemen Stadium on Friday, November 29. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Over a decade after the sudden and tragic death of Rafe Maccarone of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), those close to him continue to keep his memory strong with “Play For Rafe,” a fundraising event that has gone a long way to raising awareness about HCM and keeping Maccarone’s spirit alive.

Proceeds will benefit the Cocoa Beach High School soccer program and the Rafe Maccarone Memorial Scholarship.

Registration is scheduled for 5 p.m. with game time at 6 p.m. Registration is $25 online and $30 the day of the game. Your registration includes a jersey, wristband and sticker.

You can register HERE and for more information, email cocoabeachhighsoccer@gmail.com.

The story of “Who We Play” For began November 30, 2007, on the goal line of a Cocoa Beach High School soccer field, where Rafe Maccarone went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) following a warm-up routine before the beginning of practice.

The next day, December 1, 2007, Rafe passed away, and we would later learn the condition that caused his cardiac arrest was called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – a silent killer in which the myocardium or “the muscle of the heart,” thickens without any symptoms.

“Our community was rocked by the reality that a seemingly healthy, and active, 15-year-old, who passed all his sports physicals, could die from heart disease while playing the sport he loved most,” said Cocoa Beach High School Soccer Booster President Dean Rosenquist.

“Maccarone was a member of the Minutemen varsity soccer team and in a show of community support, more than 2,000 fans attended the Cocoa Beach/Cocoa soccer match in the first game after his sudden passing in December 2007.”

Rafe’s teammates formed the “Who We Play For” foundation and began partnering with schools across the state of Florida, and six other states, to provide affordable ECG screenings for their students.

Raising Awareness

For Evan Ernst, a 2009 CBHS graduate, these fundraising events have gone a long way to raising awareness about HCM and keeping Maccarone’s spirit alive.

Through Rafe’s story, we have the opportunity to utilize the passion we have for making a difference by inspiring others to make a difference as well,” Ernst said.

An even more shocking reality was that not only was Rafe’s condition detectable and in fact the leading cause of SCA in sports.

Rafe’s teammates formed the “Who We Play For” foundation and began partnering with schools across the state of Florida, and six other states, to provide affordable ECG screenings for their students.

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“Our goal has always been to show the country that not only is it imperative, but it is also possible to deliver affordable ECG screenings to every child no matter their level of athletics, socio-economic status or geographical location,” said Rosenquist

“To date, Who We play For has screened over 100,000 people in over 300 communities across seven states. During this time, they have identified 76 individuals that needed some level of medical intervention, including heart transplants, and hundreds of others with abnormalities that can now be monitored.”

The Cocoa Beach Men’s soccer team has retired the Number 6 in memory of Rafe.

You can register HERE and for more information, email cocoabeachhighsoccer@gmail.com.