In recognition of World Refugee month in June, World Relief Western Washington is hosting the inaugural World Relief Cup soccer tournament to celebrate the resilience and contributions of local refugees.
The tournament begins at 9 a.m. and the championship games occur at 6:00 p.m. The final awards ceremony and celebration will take place at 7:30 p.m. Individuals and teams can raise support for refugees rebuilding their lives in Western Washington by registering to participate in the tournament or by sponsoring participants.
Saturday, June 10 at Valley Ridge Fields
“As we celebrate the resiliency and courage of those who have been forced to flee their home country, The World Relief Cup event will open up opportunities for different communities to come together,” said Medard Ngueita, the Executive Director of World Relief Western Washington.
“We hope the event will provide an opportunity to not only celebrate together, but to help raise awareness around mass displacement and the need for better integration of our new neighbors.”
Through the World Relief Cup, the Western Washington offices of World Relief aim to increase awareness of the challenges refugees face in the resettlement process and provide support that empowers them to rebuild their lives in their new community. The event will include competitive soccer tournaments, as well as booths, food trucks, and other fun activities that will be open to the community.
“Refugees are our friends and neighbors, and we encourage this community to embrace them as such.”said Annie Frisbie, Director of Strategic Advancement, World Relief Western Washington.
By offering our support to these new community members as they acclimate and seek to rebuild their lives here in Western Washington, we treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve as individuals made in the image of God.”
Community members are encouraged to participate in the World Relief Cup by volunteering to help with the event, signing up to play with a team, or sponsoring teams or individuals who are participating in the tournament. To register for this event as a team or individual, please visit the World Relief Western Washington events page and reserve a spot: https://worldrelief.org/world-relief-cup