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Spring Fundraiser Huge Success

… unfiltered comments from the president’s desk about our Club and soccer in general …

 

TOURNAMENTS

April 20, 2024

Turnaments play an important role in the rythym of play of our teams.  Ideally, it gives a team a chance to play teams outside of its league division.  While all of us like to win, league games are more than winning, they are an opportunity to put into play the skills practiced the past weeks of training.  Tournament, because of their short duration, are often approached more like letting the race horse sprint to the finish with more focus on winning.  That’s not the case for all teams, but it’s not uncommon.

We are deliberate about the tournaments we send teams to.  We pick ones that are well-run (and have good parking) with a good reputation of creating fair brackets of teams with similar skills.  Ideally, giving each team an opportunity to win.  Our goal is to put teams in divisions of the tournament where they will be competitive.  My view is that it’s better to win 2 and lose 1 than have 3 teams that are easy to beat.  Unfortunately, some teams or clubs see tournament as an easy chance to collect a trophy by applying to lower division than they should be in.  The result of pretty lobsided scores.  We’ve seen 20-1 and 12-0 scoresl out teams on the losing end.  Our teams didn’t have any fun playing retreive the ball from the goal and the other team certainly didn’t get anything useful out of the game.  

 

Huge thank you to Jessica Gummow and Catie Rudisell, Storm Fundraising Coordinators, for organizing our spring fundraising activity. Our teams raised $5,710 through the sale of LaRosa’s Buddy Cards! 

The money raised will be used to offset the costs for trainers the club will be hiring this fall to work with our teams. Storm will also donate 20% of the money to the Grant Wolf Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Xavier ($1,142) as part of its mission to give back to the community. The scholarship was established by Grant’s mom and dad, and Xavier alumni Michael and Sara Wolf in memory of their kind, brave and courageous son. Grant was a huge Xavier fan and had so many amazing caretakers, but, according to the family, the nurses were his people. We’re privileged to do this in memory of a wonderful young man whose energy and enthusiasm inspired the Loveland community.

If you would like to donate to the Grant Wolf Memorial Nursing Scholarship, you may do so here: https://crowdfunding.xavier.edu/campaigns/grant-wolf-memorial-nursing-scholarship#/

Jessica and Catie have a few unsold cards if you are new to the club and would like to buy one. Contact Jessica at [email protected] if you are interested. 

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