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Washington Rush is excited to announce a new partnership with the DP Open, an annual golf tournament in Seattle, started by a group of University of Washington soccer alumni who lost a teammate to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in 2015 at the young age of 27 years old.


You may be familiar with the DP Open story as they were recently featured in The Seattle Times.


In years past, the DP Open (short for Daniel Phelps Open) has donated all proceeds from their tournament to the Nick of Time Foundation, a local non-profit that focuses on raising awareness for SCA, teaching kids CPR and how to use an AED and most importantly, partnering with local schools to screen young hearts in an effort to reduce the number of kids walking around with an undiagnosed heart condition.


This year, through a new program called Soccership the DP Open will also be donating a portion of the money raised from the golf tournament to help Washington Rush families cover the cost of league fees, travel costs and gear.


“The DP Open mission of raising awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in young athletes is truly changing lives. As a soccer club, Rush firmly believes in the value of sports and the promotion of physical, mental and social well-being it brings to our youth. Through the support of the DP Open we will be able to further our mission of positively impacting the youth in Snohomish County. The DP Open is especially important to me as I had the honor of coaching Daniel Phelps at the University of Washington his senior year. Daniel quickly won me over not only because of his outstanding play on the field at UW, but for the person he was. He was caring, compassionate, loved to have a good time and had a heart of gold. The DP Open is a perfect way to remember him, his passions in life and his overall love for soccer.”

Ben Somoza, Executive Director - Washington Rush Soccer Club


If you’d like to play in the tournament (Sept 12th at Redmond Ridge), you can register a foursome on the DP Website.
If you’d like to donate a raffle item, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you’d like to donate to the Nick of Time Foundation, please go to https://nickoftimefoundation.org/donate/.


We look forward to helping the DP Open and the Nick of Time Foundation build awareness for sudden cardiac arrest!

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