NEW YORK, NY – January 2, 2014 – South Bronx United and Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC), two of New York City’s premier soccer programs, have partnered to host the 2014 City Showcase Tournament. The tournament aims to expand collegiate opportunities for youth soccer players from the New York City metropolitan area and beyond through high-level competition in front of college coaches and an informational symposium for student-athletes. In particular, the showcase provides a platform for inner city and minority youth who are underrepresented in higher education and college soccer. Coaches attending represent all athletic levels from the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA from throughout the region, state, and city.
The two-day event will be held on the Friday and Saturday prior to Easter (April 18th -19th) on Randall’s Island. The island, connecting the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens via the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly the Triborough Bridge), features numerous turf and grass soccer fields.
For the first time, the City Showcase Tournament will feature an off the field program with a Student-Athlete Symposium on College Prep and Recruiting. In partnership with the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), the clubs plan to offer an evening event to give all participating youth the chance to hear from a diverse panel of college coaches and representatives, to learn more about both the academic, financial, and athletic aspects of college and recruitment, and to network together.
Zak Ivkovic, Executive Director of the CUNY Athletic Conference said, “We are excited to support South Bronx United and DUSC for the City Showcase Tournament, an excellent event that will benefit high school soccer players and teams in the area. We look forward to helping high school student athletes learn about the opportunities that await them at the City University of New York campuses as well as schools across the country.”
Both South Bronx United and DUSC represent the diversity of New York City. South Bronx United is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for social change in, statistically, the nation’s poorest congressional district. Through educational programs, mentoring, health and wellness promotion, social support services, and recreational and competitive soccer than serve nearly 600 boys and girls, South Bronx United aims to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. Also a nonprofit organization, DUSC’s mission is to educate, train and inspire youth soccer players of all ages and abilities in a positive, respectful, supportive environment, and to foster a community that reflects the diversity of New York City in which children can develop a lifelong love for the beautiful game and realize their full potential as both players and people. Both organizations are members of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. DUSC is also a member of the Eastern Development Program (EDP) league through US Club Soccer.
This is the 5th year of the event, previously known as the South Bronx United College Showcase Tournament, which has attracted teams from across the city, the surrounding counties, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Team registration is open to boys and girls teams at the U15, U16, U17, and U19 age groups. The team registration fee is $450. College coaches interested in attending should pre-register online. For more information, please visit www.southbronxunited.org/showcase.