To many participants in the DC SCORES Cup (register online or e-mail Jake Lloyd for information), the tournament last year seemed a bit unfamiliar.
For one, it was just called the “DC SCORES Cup.” More on that in a second.
And it was held in Maryland. That’s right – a tournament made up, primarily, of District law firms and businesses played in Gaithersburg.
Teams like Hogan Lovells – formerly Hogan & Hartson – and John Snow International, and many others, were used to playing in the "Sharks vs. Suits Shootout" on the grass fields at Trinity University. It had become a yearly routine for them.
That’s what happens when participating in an event becomes a no-brainer each year. And for many firms (Sharks!) and companies (Suits!), the SCORES Cup has become a tradition. As the tournament has expanded, they’ve enjoyed the competition each year and the idea of playing to benefit the District’s largest soccer-based after-school program.
And, for the record, they were thrilled with last year’s move to the Maryland SoccerPlex and had no qualms – that we know of – about the name change.
Here are some thoughts about the SCORES Cup fundraiser from past and current participants:
“Our firm is proud to have participated every year since the tournament began and to be the current DC SCORES Cup trophy holder. It is a great opportunity for our lawyers and summer associates to enjoy friendly competition with old and new rivals. The tournament's move to the Maryland SoccerPlex ensures that every match is played under excellent conditions, regardless of the number of teams and weather conditions.”
“I’ve been around soccer in DC for a long time, and have seen the great work that DC SCORES does every day for DC youth. The mission of DC SCORES and its execution of that mission are inspirational.”
-- Ed Ryan, Vice President and General Counsel of Marriott International, Inc. and DC SCORES Cup competitor since the Cup’s inception in 2003.
“Our team had a great time participating in the DC SCORES tournament. The tournament was a great opportunity to meet new people within our firm and individuals from other companies. We are looking forward to this year's DC SCORES Cup. The event was very well organized and communication between DC SCORES and the participating teams was great.”
-- Jennifer Fries, PricewaterhouseCoopers, six-time SCORES Cup participant