Soccer 4 Soldiers is about hope. We hear a lot about it. Our service men and women provide it to us because of the service they give to this country. But for many families of servicemen and wounded warriors, sometimes there is very little hope. Transitioning into a life with a spouse deployed over seas, killed in action or being a veteran coming home to a world that for you is different than the one you left, is a traumatic and gut wrenching experience. Sometimes you don’t know where to turn. Sometimes you need a little help.
That’s where Operation Homefront (OH) comes in. OH is a charitable organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Through widespread public support and a collaborative team of exceptional staff and volunteers, their sole aim is to become the provider of choice for emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Where there is a need that OH cannot provide they will partner with others for the benefit of our military families.
And providing help to these families and veterans is a costly job and one that should be supported by any organization and that’s why the Warrington Soccer Club along with the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia have teamed up to sponsor Soccer 4 Soldiers.
Soccer 4 Soldiers is a day long 4v4 soccer festival for boys and girls ages 7 – 14. The proceeds raised through registration fees and donations will all go to support the Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter of Operation Homefront.
The festival is broken into two halves with the younger kids playing their games before lunch and the older kids after. The day is capped off with a coaches versus veterans game that will be the highlight of the festival. In addition to the festival there will be carnival games and concessions for everyone who just wants to stick around and aid a very good cause.
Last year -- Warrington Soccer Club raise over $17,000 for this cause and it was a really great day filled with soccer and fun games and food. We want to top that experience and it’s why we want to see you - Both the travel and intramural parents and players participating in bigger nunbers this year. You are the backbone of our club and this really is a worthwhile event.
Tournament specifics are below
Tournament Set Up
Each team can have up to 6 kids on their roster. The teams will play a minimum of 3, 20 minute games. There are no refs and no coaches, each team must handle monitoring of rules and substitutes on their own.
The brackets are: U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14 and Varsity. There is also an Under 30 and Over 30 adult bracket this year.
Teams can be made up of players from intramural teams, Travel teams or even from a neighborhood block of kids who all want to play together. We don’t want to limit anyone who would want to participate in this wonderful festival. We are planning to have 2 competitive levels -- one for primarily travel players and one for the recreational player.
The cost for 1 team is $100 or $250 for 3 teams. You can download the application from here: http://www.warringtonsoccerpa.org/home/641508.html
Date: Saturday August 24, 2013 (rain date August 25)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: IPW Fields
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We will also be looking for volunteers to help monitor the various carnival games, site set-up and parking.