Aiken, SC (WJBF) -- USC Aiken women's soccer coach Sue Vodicka says she and her team are "thrilled" to be hosting the "Kick This Boz" benefit games on Friday. The event is named for the Kick This Boz fundraising drive to support a former local soccer star battling a life-threatening bacteria.
South Aiken's Maggie Bosley, now a senior at Wofford, contracted the bacteria in late December while studying in Argentina. Maggie developed Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome (HUS) & Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).This disease is “characterized by abnormalities (chiefly blood clots) that occur within the small blood vessels of the body. Both HUS and TTP are distinguished by blood clots within the capillaries and arterioles of many organs.”
Maggie’s kidneys are still not functioning properly at this point, but she is doing better and is planning on attending the soccer benefit event in her honor Friday.
As far as that event, Amy Kiah, the head coach of Maggie's Wofford team, and Spencer Smith, the head coach at Winthrop where Maggie's sister Macey plays, decided they wanted to do some sort of benefit game in Aiken. Coach Vodicka, who coached Maggie in the Olympic Development Program and is friends with the Bosley family, was more than happy to help put together Friday's event.
Here is the schedule of games:
5:15 - USC Aiken vs Winthrop 6:15 - USC Aiken vs Wofford 7:15 - Wofford vs Winthrop
There will be no charge for admission. However, they will be selling T-shirts and bracelets and will have a donation box to help the Bosley family with medical expenses.