Harry’s game attracts widespread community support
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Large numbers of community supporters were in attendance for the festivities for Harry’s eighth annual game between the UNCW men’s soccer team and High Point on Saturday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
UNCW won the match, 3-1, behind a hat trick from Jalen Anderson. UNCW moved to 4-0-4 all-time at the Spring Show with wins over NC State, Wake Forest, Appalachian State and HPU.
The Seahawks wrapped up their five-game spring schedule with Harry’s Game, which was played for the first time since 2019. A crowd of 619 was on hand to celebrate the importance of acceptance and raise funds for children with special needs.
A special pre-game clinic with Seahawk and Panther players featured kids of all ages laughing and playing together. UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heane spoke with children and families after the clinic about the need to treat everyone with kindness and respect, regardless of disability.
The charity event featured face paint, bouncy houses, music and an auction of unique adidas Harry’s Game jerseys worn by UNCW players during the game. All funds from ticket sales and the jersey auction go directly to local initiatives such as Special Olympics and TOPS Soccer.
Harry’s Game was named after Heaney’s son, Harry, who was born with Down syndrome. First played in 2013, the game is an opportunity to showcase the special abilities and personalities of each typical and non-typical child.