BRONX, NY—For three days in March, South Bronx United will once again turn all attention to showcasing its high school student-athletes on the soccer field and connecting them with resources around college athletic recruitment and college admissions at the City Showcase. South Bronx United hosts the 2016 City Showcase Tournament and Symposium on March 24-26, 2016. Almost 2,000 boys and girls, ages 15-19, are expected to compete in the tournament, representing 100 teams from the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and Canada.
The mission of the City Showcase is to provide inner-city and minority youth, who are underrepresented in higher education and college soccer, a platform to be recruited by college coaches and the information needed to access college. In addition to two days of games on the Friday and Saturday, the Student-Athlete Symposium will welcome participating youth and local high school students to the City University of New York on the evening of March 24th. The event will feature panels, workshops, and informational tables on college soccer recruitment, college access programs, college admissions, financial aid, and more.
Former South Bronx United goalkeeper Tony Villegas, now attending Alfred University in upstate New York, highlights the importance of combing college prep with the soccer aspects of the event: “Being the first to go to college in my family is a very big deal; Soccer taught me discipline, taught me team work, helped me become the person who I am right now, and I never gave up and that is something soccer has a lot to do with.”
This year, the tournament will also feature a New York City FC goalkeeping clinic featuring instruction from U.S. Youth National Team Goalkeeper Coach, Ruben Martin Garcia. The clinic presents an opportunity for goalkeepers participating in the tournament to gain additional exposure to college coaches
South Bronx United’s first college showcase tournament was held in 2010 on Easter Weekend at Macombs Dam Field moving to Randalls Island one year later. In 2014, South Bronx United partnered with Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) and rebranded the event as the City Showcase Tournament. Last year, the event attracted 96 boys and girls teams including some of the top youth teams from New York State as well as teams from Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Canada. South Bronx United fields 4-5 teams in the bracket each year. Over 90 college coaches registered to attend. The Student-Athlete Symposium has also featured guest speakers including former USA Men’s National Team Captain Claudio Reyna and New York City FC player and Fordham University graduate Ryan Meara as well as panelists varying from admissions officers to college coaches at all levels.
The City Showcase is one of the most affordable college showcase tournaments in the Northeast. Teams interested in the event can apply until February 29th at www.cityshowcasetournament.org. College coaches can register to attend online as well. Sponsors include the City University of New York, CUNY Athletic Conference, Growth Through Sport, SoccerRecruits.com, AB Sports Zone, and Westchester Square Physical Therapy.