Irvine, CA, May 29, 2019 – Orange County United Way is pleased to announce the final team lineup for its 1st annual Corporate Soccer Cup, a recreational-style soccer tournament that will raise money for United Way’s Healthy Schools Initiative to help reduce childhood obesity in Orange County. The inaugural United Way Corporate Soccer Cup in partnership with Orange County Soccer Club presented by CISOSHARE, will feature 16 industry-leading companies in Orange County competing for company pride and a good cause, as they score a winning goal for our community.
The full roster of teams that will compete in the tournament include:
- Antis Roofing
- Bank of America
- Eaton Aerospace
- Edwards Lifesciences
- Hilton Anaheim
- L3 Technologies
- Pacific Life
- Union Bank
- Ware Malcomb
- DoingMore4OC Team – combination team of United Way and Orange County Soccer Club Staff and community members
The tournament is the only event of its kind in Orange County, and the first-ever competition for good hosted by Orange County United Way that brings top businesses from a variety of industries together for a united cause. With the full roster, more than 320 players will come together to compete and raise funds for United Way’s Healthy Schools Initiative.
“The team at Edwards Lifesciences is excited and ready to compete in this friendly competition for a good cause – making a positive impact on the health and well-being of Orange County’s young students,” said Nick Schleiger, Edward Lifesciences’s team captain. “As the first team to sign up for the Corporate Soccer Cup, we immediately recognized this opportunity as a fun and meaningful way to engage our employees in workplace giving that will provide lasting change for the communities we live and work in.”
The United Way Corporate Soccer Cup round-robin matches will be played at the Orange County Great Park Soccer Complex in Irvine on Friday, May 31 and the semi-final round on Saturday, June 1. Later that day, the final match will be played on the professional field at Orange County Soccer Club’s home venue, Championship Soccer Stadium, following Orange County Soccer Club’s 5:30 p.m. game versus Rio Grande Valley.
“Pacific Life employees are always seeking new ways to get involved in important Orange County issues – especially those that directly impact our young learners and future generation of leaders,” said Keith Lamb, Pacific Life’s team captain. “Playing in the Corporate Soccer Cup gives us a perfect avenue to roll up our sleeves and compete with other top Orange County companies for a good cause.”
The Orange County United Way Corporate Soccer Cup is the newest example of how United Way is engaging with Orange County’s business community through unique corporate social responsibility campaigns to address the community’s most critical issues. The most recent data confirms that 1 in 3 children in Orange County is overweight or obese. At $1,000 per team, the Corporate Soccer Cup has already raised critical funds to provide fitness and nutrition opportunities for young students and their families.
The larger Orange County community can be a part of this fundraising effort, too – by purchasing tickets for the June 1st Orange County Soccer Club pro game at 5:30 p.m. By entering the code UNITED at checkout, a discounted price will be applied and 50% of ticket proceeds will go directly to United Way’s Healthy Schools Initiative. Families can then stay in the stadium to watch the final round of the Corporate Soccer Cup. Tickets can be purchased now at OrangeCountySoccer.com/Corp-Cup.
For further information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Doug McKay at DougM@UnitedWayOC.org or (949) 263-6125.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY
Today’s Orange County United Way is doing more for the Education, Health, Housing and Financial Stability of every person in Orange County. More than a fundraiser, we’re hands-on, delivering more than 50 Community Impact programs countywide. We focus on long-term solutions to the most critical interconnected challenges facing local children and families. United Way is doing more to make long-term measurable difference in the lives of children and families right here in Orange County. To learn more or do more with us, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB
Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s only professional soccer team that is part of the United Soccer League (USL), the fastest growing Division II professional soccer league in the world. The USL is comprised of 36 teams across the United States. The team plays its home games at the Orange County Great Park’s Championship Soccer Stadium, located in Irvine, CA. Nestled in the heart of the Great Park, Championship Soccer Stadium has a capacity of over 5,000 for Orange County SC matches. Orange County SC was one of 12 founding members of the USL during its inaugural 2011 season. Team owner and Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, James Keston, purchased and re-branded the team in 2017. Keston, who actively oversees all operations of the team, is dedicated to providing a pathway to professional soccer and a world-class soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.
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