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Jason Davis Memorial "Kick Cancer Classic".
Since 1995, the Pearl Youth Soccer League has been fortunate to be able to provide a benefit soccer tournament called the Jason Davis Memorial “Kick Cancer Classic”. The tournament is in memory of Pearl soccer player Jason Davis.   The benefits of the tournament is donated to a local family fighting cancer.   The tournament cost is $12 per player. The tournament is open to U6 - U-16 teams recreational and competitive.  $5 Parking Fee. Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Jason Davis - December 2, 1974 to October 30, 1994

Jason began playing soccer with Pearl Youth Soccer League during its first year of inception in 1980. Jason attended Pearl Schools from elementary through high school until graduation in 1993. While attending Pearl Schools, he played for the Pearl Jr. High and High School soccer teams from 1986 - 1993. After graduation, he attended The University of Mississippi and played on their first soccer team. Jason was a freshman at Ole Miss when he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in head and neck. He was able to complete the soccer season except the tournament games at the end of the season.

Jason received his cancer treatments at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Tx. Upon completing his treatments Jason returned to Ole Miss in the Fall of 1994. He attempted to practice with the soccer team but realized he was not physically able. Instead, Jason went to the City of Oxford and became a coach for a U12 team.

While Jason was receiving cancer treatments at M.D. Anderson, the Pearl Youth Soccer League organized a tournament to raise money to help with Jason's expenses. After Jason passed away, Pearl Youth Soccer League asked if they could continue the tournament in Jason's name (Jason Davis Memorial "Kick Cancer Classic") to help others fighting cancer. In the early years the money was given to the American Cancer Society. In recent years the proceeds from the tournament go to benefit other cancer victims in Rankin County.

               

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                  2019 Awardee:    
        
          Bentley Johny-Taylor Smith

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Bentley Johny-Taylor Smith was diagnosed at 2-1/2 years of age with retinoblastoma.  He was diagonosed in Jackson, MS.  This is a cancer of the eye.  He had a tumor that consumed over 1/3 of his eye.  It had already broken off into seedlings.  They were referred to St. Jude in Memphis, TN. They went through a lot of testing and to save his life the doctor suggested enucleation.  On May 15, 2015 a total left eye enucleation was done at St. Jude.  He continued to stay under their care.  All the cancer was removed, but he formed a cyst on the pineal gland and one on the pituitary gland. They have had complications from the cyst.  The doctors say this is common with this type of cancer. Bentley still goes to many doctors in Jackson and St. Jude.  He also receives therapy for what he goes through.  Alfred (Butch) and Joyce Dewolf dedicate their life to him. Joyce had to quit her job when Bentley got sick so she could take care of him.  Butch must stay behind when they go to Memphis.  Bentley loves the beach and wants to learn to ride a bicycle like other children.

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