On March 16th and March 17th, 100 teams will participate in one of the largest coordinated youth soccer events in Westchester at the Rye Brook Youth Soccer Spring Kickoff Classic. More than 1,500 boys and girls, ages eight through fifteen from Westchester, Connecticut, and Manhattan, will be involved in multiple divisions of play over the course of two days. A total of 100 games will be played over the two-day period. Each team will compete in four 25-minute games.
Taking place at the Rye Brook King Street Athletic Fields and the Blind Brook High School/Middle School Fields in Rye Brook, NY, the six year-old event has generated county-wide interest, doubling in size and participation. During the six week registration period, more than 100 teams committed to the event, selling out participation space in record time. The event is facilitated with the support of more than 200 dedicated volunteers.
Again this year, the Kickoff Classic is receiving corporate sponsorship from Soccer & Rugby Imports. Soccer & Rugby Imports is the largest soccer retailer in Connecticut, with stores in Southport, Ridgefield, and Greenwich and is one of the biggest suppliers in the Northeast. They have access to uniforms and equipment that other sellers don't. The big name brands in their stock include Adidas, Nike and PUMA. They also carry Kwikgoal equipment, Diadora, Under Armour, Lotto and Umbro products. Soccer & Rugby prides itself on their prices, product selection and customer service. They are not a sporting goods store but a soccer specialty store.
“We are so pleased to have Jessica Avalos and Soccer & Rugby Imports back this year,” states Tournament Director Jeff Silverman. “They are a great partner and add tremendously to the quality of our tournament.”
This year’s tournament will again include a charitable component in which kids and parents can participate. The Pass It On program, created by students at Blind Brook High School, will be collecting gently used soccer equipment for the Claudio Reyna Foundation, a non-profit corporation which motivates and supports children in low income communities with soccer academies, clinics and camps.
“We’re thrilled that Rye Brook Youth Soccer is able to again help this worthy organization,” Silverman comments. “Our kids are so fortunate, and it is important for our soccer families to get involved and help out on this front. It’s an example of what a positive force soccer can be in the lives of children and families around the world.”
For further information, contact Tournament Director Jeff Silverman at (203) 524-2930.