2017 Sportsmanship Awards

This year, the Strawberry Soccer Invitational’s Sportsmanship program provided three patches for each team with instructions for the team to award a single opposing player from each game who best exemplified the qualities of sportsmanship. Also, we encouraged the winners to enter their names into a drawing for one of two $50 gift certificates from Soccer Plus in Centerville and Westerville.

This year’s winners are:
Charlie Barnes from the Warrior Soccer Club
Emma Lear from the Columbus United Soccer Club

Congratulations to both Charlie and Emma!

Sportsmanship Award Gift Certificate Winner

We are thrilled to add a new element to this year’s Sportsmanship Program by including a $50 Gift Certificate to a single, randomly drawn. In addition to the actual Sportsmanship Award, recipients were asked to submit their name at the various tournament headquarters tents for a lottery drawing.
With 330 participating teams, 990 Sportsmanship Patches were included in the coach’s packets. We are thrilled to have received more than 300 entries – almost one-third of those available.
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Soccer Plus Fifty Dollar Gift Certificate. Her name is Delana P, and she plays for the Girls U9 team Grand Lake United Stars.
Congratulations Delana!

Thank You

All of us on the Strawberry Soccer Invitational Committee thank you for participating in our event. Saturday was brisk, but Sunday was a perfect day for soccer. While some of our players experienced injuries, we were blessed with a lower number of injuries than normal.

Congratulations to all 49 division champions and finalists. We hope to post a few photos from the different awards presentations from this year. We experiment with different awards each year – but we may need to keep this year’s design based on the almost unanimously positive feedback we received at the awards stand. If you have a photo of your child wearing this year’s award, we’d love to see it posted here.

Later today we will meet to draw the winner of the Ashley Plumb Sportsmanship Gift Certificate from Soccer Plus and will recognize the winner here.

Thanks also to all of you who brought in gently used soccer gear and equipment for our USYSA Passback program. We’ll spend the next few days organizing everything that was dropped off at our sites before distribution.

We enjoyed seeing all of the teams play this weekend and hope to see you again next year. Enjoy the re