Ulman Classic's cause attracts college stars Event raises money to help young adults with cancer

August 06, 1998|By Ryan Basen | Ryan Basen,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Several top college soccer players will come to the University of Maryland on Saturday for the second Ulman Fund Soccer Classic, an event that raises money to help young adults affected by cancer.

Ellicott City resident and Centennial High graduate Doug Ulman, a cancer survivor, initiated the all-star game last August, on the first anniversary of his diagnosis with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that was discovered when a tumor was found on his rib. He has also endured treatment for skin cancer.

Ulman has recovered nicely. His last checkup for cancer was in April, and he has another scheduled for later this month. "I can still play," he said. "I'm doing well and I feel great."

Ulman said $75,000 was raised at last year's event, $20,000 from the game. All of the money goes to the Ulman Fund of the Wellness Community-Baltimore, which offers support and publishes information for young cancer victims and their families.

Ulman's expectations for this year's game are high.

"We have players coming in from all over the U.S. -- some from as far away as Stanford," said Ulman, a 20-year-old senior at Brown University, where he is a member of the soccer team.

The event has become popular among players -- more than 50 applied, Ulman said. Thirty were selected to play, half of them coming from the Maryland and Virginia areas. "It gives more credibility to the game [to have more players]and will really help us in the future," Ulman said. "This will help us draw more and better players later on."

Saturday's game will feature two Baltimore area stars, Pete Troilo of Loyola College and C. Milton Wright high school and Ulman's friend and teammate, Catonsville native Ryan Smith (Calvert Hall).

Two players to watch, says Ulman, are Virginia goalkeeper Brock Yetso (Centennial) -- "one of the three best goalies in the U.S.," he says -- and Brown forward Mike Rudy, who was the team's leading scorer and an All-Ivy League selection last season.

Unlike last year, Ulman will not participate on the field, "I'll take a back seat and let the other guys play," he said. "They have a lot of fun playing. The game falls at a good time [right before preseason practices], so it's a good warm-up for everyone for the upcoming season."

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at College Park's Ludwig Field. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Ulman expects around 3,000 spectators, a big jump from last year's attendance of 2,000.

John Murphy, an assistant at Brown, and Yale coach Brian Tompkins will serve as coaches.

Tomorrow at Laurel Park, the Ulman Fund will have a 7: 30 p.m. reception with dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $75. Ulman expects at least 300 people to attend the reception. Some of the items to be auctioned include a Cal Ripken autographed card, Orioles tickets and MLS team jerseys.

For information, call 410-461-3400.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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