Last year, thousands gathered at Galway Downs to play the beautiful game of soccer. Over the two day tournament in the warm Temecula sun there were trophies raised, medals donned and more, funds raised for favorite charities across the Southland and the nation. This year, the tournament has grown dramatically and the heart behind it remains the same.
Why do we put on a tournament for charity?
“People come to the Temecula United Charity Cup from all across the Southwestern United States,” Temecula United Club President Mike Richards said. “Though we love our local charities, it matters far more to others to play for the people helping people where they live.”
In Temecula, a favorite past time for soccer players is volunteering each year for the Kick With Nick Soccer Club, a program for families affected by autism, sponsored by the Our Nicholas Foundation.
“Kick with Nick has a special place in our hearts, and we’ve watched our players act as peer buddies for that organization for years,” Richards said. “We wanted others to be able to play for a charity that matters the most to them.”
Following the raising of the 2017 Temecula United Charity Cup, funds were raised for such charities as:
- The Angelman Syndrome Foundation
- St. Baldrick’s Foundation – to conquer childhood cancers
- Rady’s Children’s Hospital Foundation
- St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
- Our Nicholas Foundation
- Rancho Damacitas
- Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center
- Animal Friends Of The Valley
- and more.
The Temecula United Charity Cup returns the last weekend in June, with more teams competing for their chance to raise a Charity Cup and earn back a portion of their entry fee to the tournament as a donation toward their favorite charitable 501c3 organization.
Who will you play for in 2018?