Monday, July 22, 2013

GlobalPittsburgh Sponsoring Soccer Team for Aug. 4 Tournament Supporting African Youth Programs

GlobalPittsburgh is seeking soccer players to play on a 6-aside team at the Play for a Purpose Summer Soccer Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 4 on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The event is hosted by the Cameroon Football Development Program. Entry fees for the 10-member team will be paid by GlobalPittsburgh, and each player will receive a GlobalPittsburgh t-shirt/jersey.

Participation on the team is open to adults (above high school age) of all nationalities. All ages are welcome. Player selection will be made by GlobalPittsburgh based partly on playing experience and conditioning, and those responding early will be given special consideration. Players don't need to be GlobalPittsburgh members, but membership will be encouraged. Players also will need to sign a release saying they will not hold GlobalPittsburgh responsible for accidents or injuries.

The tournament will start at 1 p.m. on August 4th at the Cathedral Lawn of the University of Pittsburgh. It  will be a 6v6 tournament with 4 games guaranteed. Games will be 20 minutes long with unlimited substitutions and referees. Fields are 24x40 meters. There will be small goals with no goalkeepers. There will be prizes for the winners and runners-up, as well as African food for sale.

If you or someone you know would like to play on the team, or if you have questions, please send an email (no calls please) to Thomas Buell, Jr., Director of Marketing at GlobalPittsburgh, at tbuell@globalpittsburgh.org.

The mission of the Pittsburgh-based Cameroon Football Development Program (CFDP) is to "use the game of football (soccer) to improve kids’ lives in Cameroon. Transforming the soccer field into a classroom creates an environment for experiential education where youth are free to learn and grow. This sport-centric approach has been proven to retain high youth participation and effect meaningful community-wide change."

For more information about the CFDP, go to http://www.cameroonfdp.com/.

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