Submitted By Stephanie Fincke
The 9th annual Ian’s Cup Soccer Clinic hosted will be held on Sunday, March 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Mays YMCA with registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.IansCup.com today to pre-register or sign up to volunteer for the clinic. Deadline to register for the clinic to ensure a 2018 Ian’s Cup t-shirt the day of the event is Sunday, February 18. Online pre-registration will continue until Saturday, March 3. The cost for pre-registration is $25 and $30 for walk-ins the day of the clinic.
Each participant should bring cleats (or athletic shoes), an age appropriate ball, and a desire to learn and have fun! A huge and heartfelt thank you to last year’s 2017 Ian’s Cup Sponsors: Methodist, Gastroenterology Consultants of SA, McMillin Texas Homes, H-E-B, Inwood Emergency Room, Paragon Healthcare, and Abundant Life Expressions. If interested in becoming a 2018 Ian’s Cup Sponsor, please visit www.IansCup.com.
Ian’s Foundation was formed in memory of Ian Fincke who passed away tragically at the age of 16 as the result of a traumatic brain injury sustained during a long boarding accident. The foundation was formed to advance the safety and welfare of San Antonio youth through education and scholarship awards. Ian’s love for the game of soccer inspired the creation of Ian’s Cup, an annual soccer match played between Johnson High School and Reagan High School Varsity Boy’s and Girl’s Soccer Teams. The school with the highest aggregate score for the night receives the coveted Ian’s Cup Trophy and bragging rights for the year. A scholarship is awarded to a boy and girl from each team for a total of four scholarships annually. To date over $40,000 in scholarships has been awarded to deserving San Antonio students and local organizations in Ian’s memory.
The soccer clinic for the youth of San Antonio is the main fundraiser that supports the scholarship awards and allows the local high school soccer players and club coaches an opportunity to teach soccer skills and give back to the youth of San Antonio.
The 9th annual Ian’s Cup Soccer Match will be held on Friday, March 9. The girl’s game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the boy’s game at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the Ian’s Cup trophy at the conclusion of the boy’s game. Come out and support the Johnson and Reagan soccer teams at Blossom Athletic Center in this special memorial tribute to Ian. A variety of t-shirt options will be available to pre-order at www.IansCup.com through February 18 to ensure delivery prior to the game. Mailing options are available for delivery.
Ian’s foundation was the inspiration behind bringing wheelchair soccer to San Antonio and continues to support STRAPS (South Texas Regional Adaptive and Paralympic Sports) at Morgan’s Wonderland. Ian’s Foundation also supports the local YMCA by providing scholarships to allow San Antonio youth that cannot afford to play soccer the opportunity to play the sport that Ian loved so much. The foundation continues to do helmet safety talks at local schools throughout San Antonio and has launched a helmet safety initiative. Please visit www.IansFoundation.org to find out more or if interested in making a donation.