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Thousands expected for 9th Summer Showcase
An estimated 10,000 people are expected to visit Lititz and Lancaster County this weekend when the 9th annual Lititz Summer Showcase is held from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27.
The international soccer tournament will attract players, parents, coaches and guests from seven states and Canada, including Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. This year’s event has attracted its most ever teams from Canada &tstr; nine representing seven clubs.
“We’re coming up on our 10-year anniversary and we had about a 10 percent increase in teams this year, but we are trying to maintain growth to keep it within the Lititz/Warwick area,” tournament director Mike Logan said. “If we get any bigger, we’re going to have to start expanding outside of the Lititz area. We’d like to keep it in the community and help it economically and culturally as just one more event in the town.”
Overall there will be 183 boys and girls teams participating in 27 brackets, in the U10 through U19 age groups. Venues will include Warwick High School and Middle School fields, Linear Park, Forney Field, John R. Bonfield/Moore’s Run and Elizabeth Township Park. More than 75 college coaches will be in attendance for the showcase.
Friday night exhibition matches have once again been slated at Grosh Field and the Warwick Middle School lighted soccer field for rising high school juniors and seniors, allowing these players to showcase their talents for attending college coaches. In addition to giving players the opportunity to identify themselves to coaches, these matches will provide coaches a chance to see players prior to their team matches over the weekend.
The exhibition matches are expected to attract 120 players and 50 college coaches.
“There’s really nine months of work by a lot of people leading up to this weekend and by the time the weekend comes, most of the planning and work has been done and you’re just running the event,” Logan said. “We do look forward to it because it’s just a great event, it’s good for a lot of kids. You watch young people’s futures in some cases being solidified that weekend by college coaches. I’ll personally talk to 20 or 30 college coaches about either players or teams. A lot of college coaches have been coming here for nine years. It’s a good program, they know that they get athletes out of this program and they keep coming back because it’s a good recruiting tool for them. Besides all of that, it’s a nice little fundraiser; you’re helping kids for their future, you’re creating funds for some non-profit organizations like Lititz Youth Soccer and the high school and middle school soccer booster clubs. And we even donate every year to the general athletic fund at Warwick, so we’re trying to give back to the community.”
Approximately 350 volunteers from Lititz and Warwick Township support the event.