Posts Tagged ‘soccer’

Sports at its best

September 21, 2015

So it seems as if we’ve talked a lot about the bad stuff that’s happened in high school games recently. Here’s a feel-good story of what youth sports CAN accomplish.

Northwest High School in the Cincinnati area recently had its second Breast Cancer Awareness soccer game. It started with a player whose aunt was battling the disease and he wanted to do something to show his support. As the team planned its first awareness game, they found out that another soccer player’s mother also was dealing with breast cancer.

At this year’s game the varsity team wore pink socks and jerseys to support those fighting the disease, and to honor those who are no longer here. Fans were encouraged to wear pink and to donate to the cause, and they chipped in hundreds of dollars.

Another area club team, Cincinnati United, raised almost $9,000 through the sale of t-shirts and donated the money to CancerFREE Kids to recognize Childhood Cancer Month.

It’s a cause that many high school and youth sports teams have picked up in recent years. The “Volley for a Cure” among volleyball teams has raised thousands of dollars, and on the college level both men’s and women’s basketball have special breast cancer awareness games.

With headlines dominated recently by high school players behaving badly, it’s good to see youth teams that are thinking of their community and how to help others. It’s a good lesson to learn both on and off the court, the field, or the pitch.

Photo courtesy Northwest High School

Photo courtesy Northwest High School

Tulsa Celebrates Championship Doubleheader

July 6, 2015

July will be a big month for the Tulsa Sports Commission, as the city will be the host for two national championship tournaments at the same time later this month.

The USGA Girls’ Junior Championship will be held at the Tulsa Country Club starting July 20th, while the US Youth Soccer National Championships will start a day later at the Mohawk Sports Complex.

This will be the third USGA championship conducted at Tulsa Country Club, and the 22nd championship held in the state of Oklahoma. The club previously was the host for the 1960 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by JoAnne Gunderson Carner, and the 2008 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, won by Diane Lang.

Add them all up, and the Tulsa Sports Commission will be bringing in 35 events this year, with six of them national championships. For these two national championships, the planning started well ahead of time. Tulsa Country Club was awarded the Girls’ Junior Championship in July of 2013, while the Sports Commission bid on the soccer tournament two years ago.

While the city will be busy, Heath Aucion, director of operations for the Tulsa Sports Commission, told the Tulsa Fox station that everyone is ready. “Hotels are okay, communication (about the events) is out, so people know there’s going to be a lot of people in town.”

And, the bottom line is, as we all know, the bottom line. The soccer championship is expected to have an economic impact of $5.7 million, while the golf championship is estimated to have a $750,000 economic impact. While the financial impact is important, it’s also a great opportunity for Tulsa to show off its facilities, and its city, to visitors. All 96 soccer teams participating in the tournament are from outside Tulsa, and all but six of the 156 golfers in the USGA event are from outside Oklahoma.

Landing the big events is one thing: Getting the word out that there will be big events, is another thing. Tulsa has made sure its partners know that it’s their time to shine on a big sports stage.

Tulsa Country Club