Sept. 8, 2008
Providence, RI - The defending Ivy League Champion Brown University men's soccer team will host its first ever KickAids 3v3 World Cup benefiting Grassroots Soccer, an organization that provides African youth with the knowledge, skills and support to live HIV free, on Saturday, September 20 at the Berylson Family Fields. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and kick off is set at 11 a.m. The World Cup style youth soccer tournament is expected to draw nearly 300 girls and boys aged 7-13 and will be played prior to the Bears' game against their in-state rivals from the University of Rhode Island scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening. Finals of the KickAIDS 3v3 will be played during halftime of the match.
"Along with our friends at URI and Soccer RI, we are thrilled to host this event at Brown and to expose the region's youth players and their families to Grassroots Soccer's global mission, "said Brown's Head Coach Mike Noonan. "This is going to be a magical event and our entire staff and squad is excited to be involved."
Registration is now open for all area soccer players at www.ecmiracles.org. This tournament is open to individuals and mixes boys and girls on teams of varying ages. Participants receive a t-shirt, free admission to the Brown vs. URI game and are guaranteed a minimum of 4 games for the $35 registration fee.
Additionally, both Brown and URI will wear special adidas® game jerseys during their match - the Bears in red, the Rams in yellow - and these jerseys will be auctioned off that evening.
Funds raised during the KickAIDS 3v3 event will benefit Grassroots Soccer, a global AIDS prevention organization, which teams up with soccer stars to deliver prevention messages to children in the world's most HIV affected countries. Ethan Zohn, TV series Survivor star and co-founder of Grassroots Soccer will make an appearance at Brown and will officiate the final game.
"The money aspect is secondary to the empowerment it gives American youth. The lesson they learn is that they can make a difference in Africa, just by paying a small fee and playing soccer," Zohn said.
Zohn is in the midst of a 500-mile Dribble Campaign - which began in Foxboro, MA and will culminate in Washington D.C. on December 1 - to raise money and awareness for Grassroots Soccer.
Event organizer, E.C. Miracles (ECM), is a non-profit organization that is committed to social wellness, world health and education through sports.