Preston Hirten’s Legacy Lives On

In 2009 — just a couple of months before he died on the University of Mary Washington soccer field during pre-season training — Preston Hirten traveled to Africa. He volunteered with a great service project, Goals 4 Ghana.

Preston Hirten

Preston Hirten

For the 4th consecutive summer, Preston’s family and many friends — including former Staples teammates from his 2006 state finals team, and UMW — will gather in Westport from July 4 to 7 to honor his memory. They’ll play a 7-v-7 soccer tournament. They’ll barbecue, drink beer and tell funny stories about this remarkable young man.

This time, they’ll do something more. Weekend organizer Matt Lamb — Preston’s best friend —  invites all players, parents and spectators to bring new or used soccer balls, shoes, shin guards, socks, shorts, jerseys, etc., to the 7-v-7 tourney on Saturday, July 6 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wakeman Field).

Donations will be split between Goals 4 Ghana and Atuabo, an African village where Taylor Parker — a college friend of Preston’s — has served with the Peace Corps for the past 2 years.

Soccer was a vital part of Preston’s life. The Preston Hirten Weekend has become a cherished Westport tradition. Thanks to Matt and Preston’s many friends, his legacy continues to help soccer players halfway around the world.

PS: After donating, stick around to watch the soccer. It’s fun — and very good!

(Questions? Interested in fielding a team at the tournament? Contact

Staples, Mary Washington and other players relax after the 2012 tournament.

Staples, Mary Washington and other players relax after the 2012 tournament.

One response to “Preston Hirten’s Legacy Lives On

  1. Fred Cantor

    Great idea. I’ll definitely bring some soccer stuff.