2nd Annual “Lose the Shoes” tournament and fundraiser for FPV

April 5, 2008 at 7:06 pm 2 comments

While the long Vermont winter precluded barefoot soccer, 25 teams enthusiastically participated in Saturday’s 3 v. 3 indoor soccer tournament and fundraiser at the University of Vermont. Over a 100 participants raised nearly $1500 in support of Futbol para la Vida, an HIV/AIDS prevention education program run by peer educators from Batey Libertad, Saman, and Batey Caraballo. This was UVM’s second Lose the Shoes tournament, part of a nationwide network of fundraisers by colleges and universities in support of Grassroot Soccer and affiliate programs such as UVM’s very own Futbol para la Vida.

During a short intermission between round robin play and the playoffs, UVM students who are currently leading a Grassroot Soccer inspired program in St. Lucia demonstrated a number of GRS games to the participants, including “Hide the Ball” seen in the photo to the left. All and all the event was a huge success, and we look forward to the upcoming Fall travel-study class to the Dominican Republic to keep this newest tradition alive.

Special thanks go out to all the businesses and clubs that donated equipment, team prizes and raffle items, including Chaco, Ben and Jerry’s, Dino’s Pizza, Burlington Bakery and Café, Cynthia’s Spa, Bove’s, Green Mountain Coffee, Essex United Soccer Club, The Soccer Center, Shaw’s, Vermont Cares, and WRUV. Thanks are also due to the tireless efforts of Lena Forman (UVM ’08) who organized both the Fall and Spring tournaments, and to her team of volunteers including Michele Mannino, Courtnay Pilypaitis, Carolyn Smalkowski, Tristam Coffin, Emily Piazza, Matt Linder, Liza Martin, Erica Bryan, Risa Monsen, Heather Bromberg, Dylan Butler, John, April Orleans, Chris Wardell, and Gregg Bates.

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Entry filed under: Futbol para la Vida, University of Vermont.

Johns Hopkins “Lose the Shoes” fundraiser to benefit Futbol para la Vida

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