The first annual AYSA Kick it Forward Duluth Soccer Fair was held on April 27. Approximately 1000 kids and parents participated in the fair's activities. Highlights of the day included a street soccer tournament that 127 kids participated in, the MN United skills session, with hundreds of kids learning from the pros, and a soccer skills contest for kids 8 -13. We have many people and organizations to thank for our success, a few of which are listed below.
The soccer fair was created to give our community a chance to celebrate our sport and the beginning of the outdoor play season. We also wanted to use this event to raise money so that AYSA could insure that every kid in our community gets a chance to play soccer. Through sponsorships, a silent auction and donations, we were able to raise over $7000 from this event. All funds raised will be used to support AYSA's Kick it Forward Soccer Programs. In partnership with Men as Peacemakers, the US Soccer Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club and the Myers-Wilkins Collaborative, AYSA offers after school soccer in low income neighborhoods, sponsors Boys and Girls Club teams, and provides thousands of dollars in registration assistance funds.
Thanks to all who helped kick it forward by participating in our soccer fair. A huge thanks to our volunteers, and a very special thanks to our sponsors, who gave generously of time, money and in kind assistance. Sponsors included:
First, a thousand thanks to the Minnesota United FC, Minnesota's professional soccer team. The United players were our star attraction, and so much more. We thank Minnesota United for all their support and contributions to Kick It Forward Duluth. Even if they were not the only professional soccer team in Minnesota, they would still be our favorite!
We would also like to thank those great supporters that contributed to our silent auction:
The Duluth Huskies, The Sanneh Foundation, The Piedmont Lincoln Soccer Club, The Minnesota United, Little Angies Restaurant, The Whole Foods Co-op, Duluth Grill, Valentini's Restaurant, The Chester Creek Cafe, The Zeppa Family Foundation, The Geary family, Vertical Endeavors, Z Studio, Bentleyville,Marshall Hardware, The Target Center, The National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Adventure Zone, Lester Park Golf Course, and Grandma's Restaurants.
Thanks very much to all! We are already planning our 2015 soccer fair!