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Monday, June 16, 2014

500 DC professionals representing 32 companies compete in largest DC SCORES Cup tournament

Team Sport and Spine Rehab, which also provided medical
assistance throughout the DC SCORES Cup!
View SCORES Cup photos HERE.

With the 32 different T-shirt colors and ubiquitous action across a large expanse of turf and grass, Saturday's 12th Annual DC SCORES Cup resembled a SCORES program event.

No, there weren't 1,500 kids on hand like at the Jamboree! two weeks prior, but 500 DC professionals scattered across the pristine fields at the Maryland SoccerPlex during the largest charity soccer tournament in the metropolitan area.

A World Cup-like tournament was played over seven hours. Who needs a month?

The DC SCORES Cup, sponsored by DirecTV, featured two divisions for the first time each made up of 16 teams. District Sports won the Competitive Division for the second consecutive year in a thrilling, well-played 1-0 win over Clark Construction. Deloitte won the innaugural Casual Division championship with a 4-0 victory over Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

The tournament raised more than $120,000 for the 1,500 youth we serve, with over $20,000 coming in individual contributions made through our Razoo fundraising contest that led up to and through tournament day (pages are still live!). Some participants knew about the cause when they gathered on the corner of Field 5 during a break in the games; others quickly learned about our Arts/Academics/Athletics model when Philippe Celestin -- a coach at Cesar Chavez Parkside -- spoke about the impact the program has had on youth he's coached over three years.

In all, the tournament featured 86 games -- with each company guaranteed five games in group play, followed by the semifinals and championship game.

In between games, participants enjoyed a healthy and delicious lunch served up by Occasions Caterers -- which also had a team in the tournament. The weather was impeccable, but when needed team members got out of the sun under 15 tents; relaxed in chairs and at tables generously donated by Perfect Settings; stayed hydrated thanks to a donation from DrinkMore Water; and got their potassium  from bananas donated by Whole Foods. When injuries did occur, Sport and Spine Rehab was on the scene.

The largest SCORES Cup in history would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our sponsor DirecTV, our partners, and the captains of the 32 teams who handled all the legwork leading up to June 14 and elicited donations for their teams.

We look forward to June 2015, when we plan to increase the size of the tournament -- and quality -- once again!


Casual Division: Group play; playoffs
Competitive Division: Group play; playoffs

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