A group of boys in Wichita, Kansas just accomplished something that they think is pretty special. The 03 Sporting Wichita Boys soccer team was awarded a wild card bid to the President's Cup Regional tournament in the u14 division, after finishing as the finalist by one goal in the State Tournament. They defeated 5 championship teams from different states in the Region II tournament to become the Region II Champions, this region is comprised of 14 states. They will now need to travel to Auburndale, Florida to compete for the National title representing Region II and Kansas. They will be one of four teams from around the country in their age group competing for the National Title.
This 03 (comprised of 12, 13 and 14 year old players) Sporting Wichita team is comprised of some very talented players representing 11 different ethnic backgrounds, they are a uniquely diverse group of boys. Some of them have been playing together since kindergarten for the same socer club, they attend a variety of different public schools in Wichita and the surrounding area. Over half the team qualifies for Club scholarships for fees due to economic hardship.
We have depleted our team scholarship fund (money raised by team fundraisers) to help with the travel and expenses for the required 10 days of play in the President's Cup State and Regional Tournaments, which were all out of town for us.
Our 23 year old coach donated his time to coach the boys in the state and regional tournaments, covered his own costs and took unpaid leave from work so that the team could have the experience competing in these very competitive tournaments .
We are looking for sponsors/funds to help cover the costs for these scholarship players to travel to Florida to participate in the National Tournament. We estimate that the bare minimum cost per player would be about $650.00, traveling in a rental van and splitting the tournament required hotel rooms with 6 players. If your company, group or organization is willing to help with a sponsorship to help cover the costs, it would be greatly appreciated, if you cannot help but have any other ideas on who I can approach, please reach out to us. We are willing to promote or give back to you in any way that we can. We only have a very short window of time to put this together as we have to be in Florida on July 12th. Thank you for your consideration!
We will be washing cars at Auto Zone on 21st and Amidon this Saturday from 11-3, if your car needs a bath, come out and see us!
- Liliana LeClaire
- Mark & Celia Ralston
- Jill & Mike Garman
- Ann Garman