MASHPEE — The goal was a big one and it had nothing to do with kicking a ball into a net. Nobody kept score as 27 high school students on rotating teams played a continuous 10-hour soccer game on a recent weekend overnight. Everyone was a winner.
The scene was surreal, two rickety cardboard villages — one for the boys, the other for the girls — were assembled in the gym as part of the Sleepout Soccerthon last month at Mashpee High School. Funds were raised to help the homeless, but, more importantly, the goal was to change attitudes about homelessness. “The idea is to get high school kids involved in the community,” said Lee Docherty, founder of UK Soccer Development, a Cape Cod organization that tries to change the world through soccer.