The Hope College men’s and women’s soccer teams are teaming up this month to benefit Purple Community®, Van Andel Institute’s grassroots fundraising program.

A day-night doubleheader at Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20, will feature women’s and men’s matches and raise funds for cancer and Parkinson’s disease research at
Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Flying Dutch will play Saint Mary’s at noon, while the Flying Dutchmen host Adrian at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for non-MIAA students 18 and younger.

Proceeds will benefit Van Andel Institute and will help underwrite a summer internship for a Hope student at Van Andel Institute.

Both teams are supporting the cause by wearing purple jerseys on Sept. 20. Purple jerseys will be sold at each game.

Co-Athletic Director Tim Schoonveld said Hope is excited to once again partner with Van Andel Institute on Purple Games.

“There is a tradition of mutual support and appreciation between Hope College and the Van Andel family and the Institute,” Schoonveld said. “We are looking forward to a great day celebrating the impact that both Hope College and Van Andel Institute have in this community.”  

Support the event by making a donation on the Purple Community website.


About Purple Community – Purple Community-100% HopeSM is Van Andel Institute’s grassroots fundraising initiative which connects people who want to join the fight against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s, to the resources needed for action. It provides individualized tools and customized support to people who want to create awareness and fundraising opportunities in their communities. Purple Community gives local action global potential. All fundraising and awareness activities organized through Purple Community fund research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Find out more about Purple Community by visiting 100% to Research, Discovery & Hope®.

About Van Andel Institute - Established by Jay and Betty
Van Andel in 1996, Van Andel Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the frontiers of medical science and to achieving excellence in education by probing fundamental issues of education and the learning process. This is accomplished through the work of over 200 researchers in more than 20 on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Find out more about Van Andel Institute by visiting 100% to Research, Discovery & Hope®.