Guest post by Bob Whitsitt, Executive Director of Serving & Outreach

As Memphis Cup of Nations celebrates its 5th Annual Tournament on April 28, we also celebrate an official proclamation by the Shelby County Commission recognizing the Memphis Cup of Nations for its contribution to unity within our diverse community.

The Memphis Cup of Nations leverages the internationally loved sport of soccer to introduce individuals and families in Memphis to the rich ethnic diversity of our city population. In partnership with Christ Church Memphis, several area churches, businesses and organizations, World Relief Memphis co-hosts the Memphis Cup of Nations where 16 teams representing 16 different nations compete in a daylong soccer tournament to determine the best in Memphis. The tournament celebrates, recognizes and honors an often-overlooked part of our community that numbers 200,000+ people and more than 70 language groups.

In 2017 one team stood out above the others when players from South Sudan and North Sudan came together, despite differences in their homelands, and played together as one unified team.

This year’s teams include: Mexico, India, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Japan, China, Cambodia, DR Congo, Mauritania, Colombia, Sudan, Bhutan, Brazil, Liberia and Senegal.

Christ Church has adopted team China. Join us on Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Christian Brothers University’s soccer fields and help us cheer them on!

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