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For Immediate Release:
August 07, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Sponsorship and Volunteer Opportunities available for the Fourth Annual Miami Soccer Festival


(MIAMI, August 7, 2014) —  The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, as host of Miami-Dade County’s year round Mayor’s Cup Youth Sports Championship Series fostering sports development activities for local youth, announces sponsorship, partnership and volunteer opportunities for the popular Miami Soccer Festival returning to Kendall Soccer Park, Nov. 1 - 2, 2014.  This is the fourth year for this two-day signature event, which features back-to-back FYSA-sanctioned tournaments for boys and girls ages 12 and under, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and free admission for spectators.  More than 2,000 people of all ages are expected to come out to watch the tournaments and enjoy the festivities that include entertainment, music, food vendors, a soccer retail village, soccer tricks, juggling demonstrations, and more.  

As a father, grandfather and lifetime advocate of the long-term health benefits of regular exercise for children, Mayor Gimenez knows first-hand the esteemed values developed from continuous involvement in athletics. 

“The Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series allows our youth to learn the value of how working together can build character through organized sporting events,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “These lessons on the field, the resilience and leadership skills, combined with teamwork can then be used off the field for future success in life.  This is why I ask local businesses and organizations to join us in our commitment to make youth sports available for all children in our community.” 

Teams will participate in three elimination games – two will be held on Saturday and one Sunday morning, followed by the final on Sunday afternoon. Team registration costs are between $70 for younger teams (U5) and $170 for older teams (U12). 

For more information on the 2014 Miami Soccer Festival, visit www.miamisoccerfestival.org or contact Scott Georgeson, (305) 965-9855 or scott.georgeson@soccer5usa.com.   To become a sponsor, partner or volunteer, contact Alan Georgeson, (305) 393-5230 or alan.georgeson@constructive4.com. 

About Soccer 5 USA and the Soccer 5 Foundation:

Soccer 5 USA is the evolution of 5v5 soccer in the USA, a game for all ages and skill levels for all who play soccer, talk soccer and shop soccer. Its mission is to promote the game of 5v5 soccer in every city around the USA via its platform of Soccer 5 USA operations, Soccer 5 live video and forums, the Soccer 5 Academy and a Soccer 5 shop powered by passion! For further information on Soccer 5 USA, contact Scott Georgeson, President, US Soccer 5, LLC, at (305) 873-8765. The Soccer 5 Foundation benefits from the donation of up to 10% of Soccer 5’s profits which are utilized to support the growth of soccer in Miami to promote and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle within the local community. Funds are distributed to create spaces to play, grants for coaching tuition and developmental scholarships, among other initiatives. 

About the Youth Sports Championship Series:

The Youth Sports Championship Series featuring the newly coveted Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Cup, is the vision of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez who as a father, grandfather and volunteer youth sports coach believes in the values and benefits children derive from participating in organized sports. Awarded the 2014 National Association of Counties Achievement Award, The Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series aims to build and support a strong foundation of organized sports throughout Miami-Dade County through a series of sport championships coordinated by the Miami-Dade Parks Department and the local governing body of the individual youth sport. Champions will be crowned in 10 sports at 15 events, predominantly at Miami-Dade County owned parks and facilities. Winners of championships in tennis, track and field, basketball, baseball, flag football, golf, swimming, cross country, cheer and dance, and soccer will be crowned with the Mayor’s Cup. 

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department: 

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.liveaparklife.org.

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