WPS Memorabilia Auction to Benefit the Michelle Akers Horse Rescue

Todd Civin@https://twitter.com/toddcivin1Senior Writer IJanuary 28, 2010

In a real-life example of extending a hand to a friend in need, Women's Professional Soccer has stepped forward to help soccer legend, Michelle Akers.

Akers, a long-time member of the US Women's National Team and member of the Soccer Hall of Fame, had her horse farm severely damaged by unprecedented levels of rain last September.

In an effort to off-set the nearly $50,000 in damages sustained at Michelle Akers Horse Rescue (MAHR), Women's Professional Soccer is auctioning off four game day items from it's Inaugural 2009 WPS season.

The items, which are being auctioned on Ebay, include:

•    A signed inaugural WPS Championship Game PUMA Match Ball from the 2009 WPS Champions Sky Blue FC. This authentic match ball is signed by all 11 starters, including Natasha Kai, Christie Rampone, and Heather O’Reilly.

•    A signed WPS PUMA Match Ball from the Inaugural WPS All-Star Game presented by U.S. Coast Guard. Player autographs include Marta, Abby Wambach, Cristiane, Hope Solo, and other members of the 2009 WPS All-Star Team.

•    A signed Washington Freedom authentic game day jersey featuring 20 signatures from the third place finishers in the regular season, including Sonia Bompastor, who led the league in assists in 2009 and Abby Wambach, who was second in the league with most goals scored.

•    A signed Boston Breakers authentic game day jersey featuring 22 signatures including Kristine Lilly, Heather Mitts, Alex Scott, and Kelly Smith.

To bid on eBay, click here for the WPS Auction to Benefit MAHR . The auction will continue until Thursday, February 4th. All money raised from these items will be donated to the Michelle Akers Horse Rescue & Outreach, Inc. an established 501(c)3.

MAHR was founded by Akers "to protect, heal, and provide a happy home to hurting, unwanted, and problem horses." Flooding, which followed intense rain storms, severely damaged the Powder Springs, GA farm and required that horses be moved to nearby stables as temporary quarters.

Akers, for whom the Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award is named, contemplated selling her personal collection of memorabilia to defray expenses before the WPS and others came to her aid. Her former coach, Tony DiCicco, as well as, GM Andy Crossley of Boston Breakers, also made personal donations towards the fundraising efforts.

(AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)