Another successful Slurpee Cup was held June 21 to 24. This annual soccer tournament was hosted by the Winnipeg Phoenix FC in North Kildonan.
More than 130 teams, with children up to the age of 16, registered for the tournament. Participating teams came from various areas of the city including several from Jonathan Toews Community Centre, as well as northwest Ontario, Saskatchewan and outlying areas of Manitoba.
The competition was further divided into three levels of athletic skill and abilities. Recreational community club level, district developmental league, and district premiere developmental league were the three team levels for the tournament.
With so many teams involved, the non-stop soccer action took place at many pitches and locations throughout North Kildonan. Anderson Park was the tournament headquarters where standings could be checked, teams could take a break for a hotdog and a beverage, coaches could be "dunked," faces could be painted and kids could take part in other contests. Several additional food and beverage kiosks were also on site, serving up mini doughnuts and frozen lemonade.
Such an outstanding, successful tournament would not run so smoothly without the fantastic volunteers and sponsors such as 7-Eleven, Home Run Sports, Umbro, Weston Bakeries, Shooters Family Golf Center and MLAs Erna Braun, Bonnie Mitchelson and Ron Schuler. Well done!
I must also mention the many officials who did such a wonderful job by keeping things under control, on time and by setting such fine example of following the rules of the game and what fair play is all about.
As I have several young grandchildren who play in this tournament, we gas up the car, pack up some drinks, put on the sunscreen, throw the lawn chairs in the trunk and plan the whole weekend as a family fun event. Needless to say, by the end of it all, I’m tired, and I am just a spectator!
If you are one of the many soccer coaches at Jonathan Toews, the former Dakota Community Centre, and have never experienced this tournament, perhaps consider your team giving it a try next year! It is great fun and a wonderful chance to play teams from other areas and provinces. The soccer players would love it.
Lori Sichello is a community correspondent for River Park South. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.