NCSY Connects 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament


NCSY Connects 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament

Devora Sambrowsky

On Sunday, April 30th, over 120 men from the Los Angeles and Valley communities gathered for the West Coast NCSY Connect’s 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament.

NCSY is a leading organization devoted to empowering and inspiring teenagers. With their signature combination of purpose and fun, the NCSY Connect Tournament offered the Jewish community the opportunity to enjoy a superb game while knowing that their donations were going to a wonderful cause. All funds from the game went towards scholarships for high school teenagers to go to Israel for extraordinary programs.

Played on UCLA’s newly renovated Intramural Fields, the tournament was sponsored by the American Jewish University and organized by DirectKix Soccer Productions. Friends and family gathered on the fields to cheer on the players, and a happy, competitive spirit pervaded throughout the game.

“Bringing together the Jewish community for an amazing day of soccer in the fresh air was not only fun, but the camaraderie was felt by everyone,” said Denise Badreau, Director of Community Connections, West Coast NCSY Connect. “The community’s excitement to raise scholarship funds to connect teens to Israel was truly inspirational.”

The excitement was palpable as the teams, sponsored by various community members and companies, played remarkably well. The competition was fierce. Taking first place was the team organized by Birthright Israel Free Spirit NCSY Connect Alumni and sponsored by Canon.  A team of Valley community members sponsored by KosherLuxe came in second.

The Los Angeles community enjoyed watching their friends and neighbors play, taking pride in the diverse group of team players who participated in the tournament. With beautiful weather and a great turnout, the NCSY Connects 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament was declared a huge success.