Women's Soccer Mourns The Loss Of Craig Willinger

Feb. 21, 2012


The Loyola University Maryland Women’s Soccer program is saddened by the loss of Craig Willinger, founder of the Craig Willinger fund, who succumbed to his long battle with brain cancer last week.

The Greyhounds began their partnership with the Craig Willinger Fund at the team’s Spring Clinic last year.  The fund began in Baltimore and has many partners throughout the state of Maryland.

The Craig Willinger Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit set up to send cancer-stricken children and young adults, to watch the beautiful game where it is played - both domestically and abroad. The Fund strives to raise spirits by offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a match, in person, at a unique soccer venue.

"Craig Willinger touched so many lives,” said head coach Katherine Vettori. “He created the Craig Willinger Fund and gave children who love soccer and have cancer and their families the opportunity to make their dreams come to light. His acts of kindness brought tremendous joy to so many. I feel extremely blessed that the Loyola Women's Soccer Program was lucky enough to meet such a unique person and be a part of helping his cause. Our hearts go out to Craig's friends and family. I know that Craig will live on through the CW Fund and Loyola Soccer will proudly stay involved to carry on his legacy.”

There will be a celebration of Craig’s life held on Saturday, February 25 from 12-4 p.m. at DuBurns Arena in Canton.