On Aug. 29 and 30, Chaminade Men’s Soccer Team held their 2nd annual “5 on 5 Futsol Tournament.” The tournament has been held at the Waipio Soccer Complex in Waipahu, where local soccer clubs play every weekend.
Instead of sleeping in, the team spent their weekend from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. dedicating their time and knowledge to the game they love. Team members, and coaches spent the day setting up, refereeing the games and breaking down the fields. There were five fields consistently being played on by a dozen clubs ranging from ages six to 12, striving to win.
There were five fields consistently having games being played on them throughout the day. There were more than 40 teams with more than 360 players competing from around the island. Supporting them were about 600 parents and family members cheering on the players.
“It was so awesome to see so many youth players enjoying the game of soccer and getting to know the Chaminade players,” head coach, Jason Kelley said. “We hope as this event grows, that we will have many more teams and that they will become fans of Chaminade soccer.”
Not too many people are aware of the tournament, or of the fact that it is the largest fundraiser, aside from Chaminade's booster club.
“This tournament was not only an event to raise money for Chaminade Men’s Soccer, said Marvin Mendoza, a senior who has played with the team for the past four years. “But (also) an event to give those who participated a chance to play the sport they love.”