August 24, 2002

Santa Clara Soccer Hosts Youth Soccerfest

Aug. 24, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University soccer programs teamed up with the Santa Clara Rotary Club to host a "Santa Clara SoccerFest" for all participants in the Silicon Valley Rotary Cup Soccer Tournament.

The weekend-tournament is a fundraiser for the Santa Clara Rotary in an effort to provide scholarships for local high school kids and local community service projects. The Santa Clara Rotary hosted a barbecue in Santa Clara's Alumni park and followed that with a soccer demonstration put on by the Bronco men's and women's soccer teams.

The teams conducted many drills and gave all those in attendance a feel for what it is like to be a part of Santa Clara soccer.

The barbecue is in its second year and is centered around a 64-team soccer tournament being hosted by the Santa Clara Rotary at local soccer fields, featuring teams consisting of players ranging from ages 11 to 13.

"We're honored that Santa Clara is providing us with the support that they have," said Mike Moul, President of the Santa Clara Rotary Club. "They have been extremely gracious in all that they've done for us, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in upcoming years."

Both teams had its players present Saturday evening for a Finishing Drill that showcased some of their offensive talent. Following the showcase the teams stayed around and signed autographs well into the evening.

"Anytime you have a chance to get involved with the youth leagues and young players in general it is a good thing," said assist men's soccer coach Mike Arzabal. "Santa Clara Rotary has done a good job tying youth soccer in with our University and we are thrilled to be a part of this day."