Coach Chris DelGiudice, flanked by his soccer team, speaks to a group of young girls attending “ShineOn Saturday” Sept. 18. The annual event links members of the Messalonskee High School girls soccer team with area girls for a day of learning soccer skills, playing field games, and honoring former soccer player and youth mentor Cassidy Charette. Contributed photo

Pre-kindergartener Lucianna Clark shares her autographed team photo of the Messalonskee High School girls soccer players she met at ShineOn Saturday. Contributed photo

OAKLAND — Messalonskee High School’s girls soccer team held its sixth annual ShineOn Saturday Sept. 18 at the school, honoring former Messalonskee soccer player Cassidy Charette by hosting a mentoring day.

Girls, in grade pre-K to 5, attended the event, organized each year by the Messalonskee Girls Soccer teams and the ShineOnCass Foundation.

Charette was a leading Eagle mid-fielder and youth mentor before she was killed in a hayride accident in 2014.

The foundation was created to educate, inspire and empower youth to shine their own light through acts of kindness and volunteer charitable activities.

For more information about the foundation or becoming involved in ShineOnCass initiatives, visit or email [email protected].

Messalonskee girls soccer goalie Brennan Doran, right, coaches Julianna Worden on blocking a shot. Doran and her teammates were part of the sixth annual event to promote youth mentoring and share kindness in memory of former Lady Eagle Cassidy Charette.

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