Paul Irwin Memorial Climb Fund
Mt. Kilimanjaro - July 2009

In tribute to Paul Irwin and his contribution to Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE) soccer, Chris Irwin (Paul's son) along with a group of fellow Navy SEALs, will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in July of 2009 in order to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). Seventy-five percent of all proceeds raised will go to the AHA. The remaining 25 percent will help support the team's cost to ascend the mountain.

Paul Irwin, his wife Kathy and a small collection of friends and colleagues created MAPLE in 1993, after more than a decade of involvement in youth soccer in Massachusetts. Founded as a non-profit organization and the first premier youth soccer league in the state, the objective of MAPLE was to provide a league for teams who wanted the highest level of competition available. This still holds true today. There is no residency, club or organizational affiliation, experience, or other prerequisites of any kind needed to enter the league. The program is based entirely on merit and teams advance solely on field performance. Today, MAPLE provides a competitive structure for almost 500 teams from 95 clubs throughout the state.

Since its inception, both Paul and Kathy were highly involved in running the league, providing countless hours of service to the organization. Kathy still serves as the league's Executive Director and Paul worked as its Commissioner for over 12 years. Throughout his tenure, all of Paul's work was done pro bono. He never asked for one single cent.

This year marks a significant milestone in the history of MAPLE. Paul had always strived to create a local field complex of the highest quality and size to allow youth soccer the greatest level of development in the area. In pursuit of this endeavor, Paul provided legal and strategic planning support to the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) on a project that resulted in a 16-field state soccer complex in Lancaster. In 2008, the complex received the highest honor when it was selected to host the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) National Championships in the summer of 2009.

Paul was also an avid traveler. In the latter part of his life, he had become especially fond of African wildlife photo safaris. These had started in 2000 when he first took his family to Tanzania. After a few subsequent safaris, he also became interested in attempting a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In 2005, Paul set out with friends to do just that. However, before reaching the summit, he suffered heart problems and was forced to walk down the mountain. Two years later, while on a return safari trip to Tanzania, Paul suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 59 years old. An autopsy would reveal that he had advanced heart disease.

This climb will mark Paul's return to the mountain. Throughout the ascent, Chris will carry a small amount of his father's ashes to be spread at the top, in essence "completing the climb" for his father and bringing part of him back to the country where he died.

Please help support the PIMCF and spread awareness as to the dangers of heart disease and the risk of heart attack. Checks can be made payable to "Paul Irwin Memorial Climb Fund" and sent to:

Paul Irwin Memorial Climb Fund
c/o Jeffrey Winer
3 Stanley Drive
Framingham, MA 01701-3630

No less than 75% of your contribution will be a tax-deductible charitable donation to the AHA. Please ensure that your name and address are included on your check or clearly printed on the envelope so that we may provide you with a tax receipt once the fundraiser has been completed. Any checks sent in 2008 must be post-dated to at least 1 January 2009 to ensure tax deductibility.

To contact the Paul Irwin Memorial Climb Fund please email or call us: pimcf@me.com / 011-49-703-1204-8756