The first ever Northshore Futsal Cup took place on June 14, 2014. It was a day full of enthusiasm, competition, smiles, and of course, futsal.
The morning began bright and early for our team of volunteers. Arriving long before the first kickoff, volunteers completed signage, prepared the courts and commons, and eagerly waited for players to arrive.
Players and parents began signing in promptly. The gym was filled with energy by the time our fantastic refs blew the opening whistle. All of the matches were competitive and high-level. Play improved each round as those new to futsal caught on. At times, the gym felt like a little party with great soccer being played and music on the speakers.
Across the breezeway, the indoor commons area had concessions for sale (including pastries, snacks, pizza, and Gatorade), seating, and a big projection of the live World Cup matches. England vs Italy really seemed to divide the crowd!
The entire event benefited water and sanitation projects in Sierra Leone through Free The Children. Sierra Leone has recently ended a 20 year civil war, 70% of the population lives in poverty, and clean water and sanitary outhouses are uncommon in the rural villages.
In the end, the Northshore Futsal Cup 2014 raised just under $400 for Free The Children’s work in Sierra Leone. Although a somewhat small sum in total, this money will go a long way towards helping a village in need. In the future, we hope for much bigger, more elaborate tournaments; but this is a fantastic start! We thank everyone who donated their time and money to this project, as well as all of our participants. See you in 2015!