Bradenton, FL (March 3, 2008) - The Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup Soccer Experience vehicle kicked off its fourth year of national travel in Bradenton, Florida this weekend. Over 1000 athletes from recreational leagues and US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer filled more than 14 soccer fields at Lakewood Ranch for the opening day of the tournament.
Barb Newton, Director of Programs for Florida Youth Soccer Association said, "It was the perfect day with perfect weather for the recreational and TOPSoccer kids and their families."
The Kohl's Interactive Village inflatable kick walls were used as a pre-game warm up area by some, as well as family fun area for others.
Thomas Grazinio and his U-10 team used the Kohl's Interactive Village inflatable kick walls as a pre-game warm up area. Thomas' uncle flew in from Brooklyn, NY to see his nephew play in his first Kohl's American Cup.
Thomas' coach, Keith Benefiel, said it was the first tournament for his team. His goal was to introduce them to tournament play and true teamwork as well as use the opportunity to teach the team to have winning attitudes, win or lose.
Kohl's American Cup is the largest recreational youth soccer tournament in the United States and boasts more than 65,000 participants and more than 100,000 attendees annually since its inception in 2000. Kohl's US Youth Soccer's provides youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a high-quality statewide tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere.
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.
The Soccer Experience vehicle will travel to Portland, Texas for the March 8 Kohl's American Cup as it continues on its trek around the U.S. Learn more about at www.USYouthSoccer.org
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