Memphis, TN – Christian Brothers University will play host to the first annual Memphis Cup of Nations Soccer Tournament and Festival on April 12, 2014. The all-day event will be held at CBU’s Signaigo Field, with soccer matches featuring 16 local men’s amateur teams, as well as a festival for players’ families and community members. Each team will represent a different nationality. The event’s purpose is to seize the universal passion for soccer to cultivate lasting friendships and build a sense of camaraderie amongst the international and immigrant communities of our city.
CBU is partnering with Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Soccer, Barnhart Crane, World Relief, and USSSA Soccer for this event. On the planning committee are National Soccer Hall of Famer Kyle Rote Jr. and former Major League Soccer midfielder and Executive Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Soccer, Ross Paul. The Tournament Director is Evan Hacker of Center Circle Soccer.
Both the city and county mayors have endorsed the event. “The Cup of Nations Tournament is an important signal to the many immigrant populations in Memphis that their interests are being recognized,” said Mayor A C Wharton. “I commend all the sponsors who are contributing to help make this event possible.” County Mayor Mark Luttrell added, “Shelby County continues to grow in diversity, which means we also grow in our need for talent and educational competency. We celebrate not only the rise in skills that many in our international community provide, but we are also pleased to be able to support a friendly and competitive activity like the Memphis Cup of Nations.”
CBU, as part of the international Lasallian network that educates people in 82 countries around the world, became involved with the Cup of Nations because the event embodies its core values of faith, service and community. “We are so happy to be able to partner with these wonderful organizations that serve the people of Memphis. They truly reflect our own commitment to be an agent of transformation within our community,” said Senior Director of External Affairs, Wendy Sumner-Winter. “And, this partnership is particularly gratifying because the members of our men’s and women’s soccer teams here at CBU hail from many countries.”
International teams wishing to participate in the Memphis Cup of Nations 2014 must complete a registration form, but the event is free. Teams of any level representing any nation are welcome. For more information, or to register, visit: www.cupofnationsmemphis.com, or call (901) 683-6887 CUMC Athletics Department.
Kyle Rote Jr.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Soccer