The Memphis Cup of Nations is the best opportunity you’ll have all year to be among the nations of the world right here at home.
This soccer tournament, which is sponsored in part by the Athletics Ministry and Serving & Outreach at Christ Church, was held for its second very successful year on April 18 at Christian Brothers University.
The tournament schedule began with a Draw Event at the Salvation Army Kroc Center the Wednesday prior, which included two or three representatives from each team. Food, freestyle competition, and the draw for the games provided some time for friendly mingling before the teams competed for the title on Saturday.
A break in the rainy weather that soaked Memphis that week allowed for beautiful weather as sixteen teams and 160 players representing twelve nations competed for the title. A wait list of teams representing four additional nations demonstrates the enthusiasm on the part of the international soccer community in Memphis for this sort of competition.
One player commented, “Before the Cup of Nations we would only play our own people. This tournament lets us play teams from other countries. That is so good!”
Congratulations once again to team Aztec Mexico, who has retained the title in year two of the Memphis Cup of Nations and remains the team to beat.
The numbers of players, spectators, volunteers, and families more than doubled from last year. We are already considering ways to build on and improve the possibilities for 2016, and if the energy and excitement continues into next year, it’s going to be one exciting event.
Thanks especially to Bob Whitsitt, Jan Averwater, and Kyle Rote, Jr. of Christ Church for their hard work in making this a successful and enjoyable tournament.
A special thanks goes to the generous sponsors who provided all the necessary resources: Barnhart, World Relief Memphis, Ubabalo, Idea Garden Marketing, and Easley Transportation.
We specially recognize the hospitality shown by Christian Brothers University in hosting the tournament on their campus.
Visit cupofnationsmemphis.com for more information and to watch for updates about the 3rd Annual Memphis Cup of Nations!
14 Nations, 300,000 Neighbors
Join us on Sunday, May 31 at noon in the church parlor as we hear from the Director of World Relief Memphis, Steve Moses, about connecting to the people groups from around the world that live here in Memphis. Lunch is provided!