40th Annual Donauschwaben Soccer Tournament:
Sport Club Donauschwaben Concordia would like to invite all of our members and friends to join us for this year’s U.S. National Donauschwaben Soccer Tournament on May 24 through May 25 on the beautiful grounds of Lenau Park in Olmsted Township, OH. This year’s tournament marks the 40th Anniversary of what has become a long-standing Donauschwaben tradition. We expect that teams from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Akron, and Mansfield will be joining our own SCD Concordia teams to compete for the first place trophy in the Major Division (Mens’ Open), Over-35 (Old-Timers), and Women’s Open.
This weekend of exciting Donauschwaben soccer kicks off on Friday evening (May 23) with the first Beer & Brats event of 2014, as we welcome our guests from out-of-town. This will be a great opportunity to greet our Donauschwaben friends from other cities, rekindle old friendships, and make some new friends as well. The first matches begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 24 and the tournament ends with the Major Division final at 5:00 pm on Sunday evening.
The 2014 Tournament Committee is hard at work getting ready to host the 40th Anniversary U.S. National Donauschwaben Tournament. It is our goal to make this another memorable event at Lenau Park. Good food will be available throughout the day, capped off by a Schnitzel dinner on Saturday night and a Goulash dinner on Sunday evening. We hope that many of our DGACC members will consider coming out to Lenau Park to support our SCD Concordia teams. It would be great to create a strong home-field advantage for our teams.
So, please mark your calendars……
U.S. National Donauschwaben Soccer Tournament --- May 24 & 25 (Memorial Day Weekend)
We hope to see everyone at Lenau Park!
Note from the President:
I appreciate everyone's patience with the beginning of the season so far. As many of you know, we have done some extensive work on our fields that began in the fall at the conclusion of our season. That work is continuing into the spring. It is absolutely necessary to restore our fields. In the past, we have done work to band aid the issues as we were not willing to make the sacrifice of closing our fields. The only way to fully restore the fields and do the work that needs to be done is to stay off of the fields. That is the decision that I have made and I realize it's a sacrifice but I think you will agree a necessary one. In the time that I have been with the club, over 20 years now, our fields have never looked better and we are working to make them look even better yet.
I know that practicing at Barton and Bradley fields has been a change but that may be our future. As our club continues to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to schedule all of our teams sufficient practice time on our fields. Games also present a challenge as most are played on one day. I truly believe that our future will include utilizing our neighboring facilities for practices and games so it's good for our players and parents to be exposed to this now. I see this all as a positive as it is stems from our club growing. As our players continue to grow so must we.
The improvements we are making on the fields are made possible through fundraisers like our Annual Reverse Raffle. This event is coming up on Saturday, May 3rd 2014. This is one of two fundraisers that we host during the year and participation from our youth and adult players/families is critical. We are in the home stretch of planning for this year's event and tickets are still available. I hope to have strong participation from all ensuring the success of this fundraiser. If you are available and interested in joining us for the event May 3rd, please contact me for tickets at: firstname.lastname@example.org
President, SCD Concordia Soccer