Five Eagles players spent their Saturday morning and afternoon volunteering at the inaugural “Columbus Nations Cup,” a day of soccer tournaments to benefit CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services). The day was a massive success, bringing together young girls and boys from all over Columbus to play together in the summer sun.
The day started with the under-10 and under-13 age groups playing a 4v4 tournament. Eagles players Lila Remache, Hannah Sargent, Rachel MacLeod, Ashley Gogolin, and Larissa Najjar volunteered to be referees for the tournament.
At the end of the day, Ben Levey (the organizer of the Nations Cup) gave a speech about the power of soccer to bring everyone together, and he handed out some trophies to the winning sides. Each team played four matches during the day and final points and goal differential decided each tournament’s champion.
There were also 14-and-over and 17-and-over 7v7 tournaments happening on larger fields throughout the day. The entire event was held at Easton Soccer Fields near Easton Town Center.
The Eagles are thrilled to have been a part of the event, and the club would like to thank Ben, the Nations Cup, CRIS, and the rest of the organizers for inviting us and for being great hosts.
This was the original release announcing the Eagles’ participation in the event:
Columbus Eagles FC are proud and excited to support the Columbus Nations Cup, which is being held Saturday morning and afternoon at the Easton Soccer Fields. The Nations Cup is a day of soccer tournaments to benefit CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services) and to promote youth soccer in the city.
Games will happen throughout the day in under-10, under-13, 14-and-over, and 17-and-over age brackets. This is the first year of the event, and the Eagles are thrilled to be a part of the day’s festivities.
Columbus soccer fans – or anyone! – can help fundraise or donate to the cause on the official website of the Nations Cup. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Easton Soccer Fields.
The Eagles have made a monetary donation to the cause and a number of Eagles players will volunteer at the event on Saturday.