- Posted March 13, 2014 by
Soccerfest 2014 coming to Brookhaven? Organizers hopeful.
The same group of organizers who put together the popular Atlanta Soccerfest 2010 in Cabbagetown that attracted over 2,000 attendees, say they expect the event will be even more popular in the new City of Brookhaven.
Soccerfest 2014 will feature a 5K Race and FunRun in the morning to kick off the festivities, followed by soccer competitions for kids of all ages, a "Kids Zone" for the younger crowd, and food and drink from some of Atlanta's best food trucks and street vendors. Soccerfest will show the three World Cup matches throughout the day on a gigantic outdoor screen culminating in a patriotic viewing of USA vs. Portugal at 6:00PM. GO USA!!!!
Executive Committee member John Ernst said his group is still ironing out details with Ray Halloway of the Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department.
Ernst, along with other Executive Committee Members, presented their plans to Brookhaven officials during Tuesday’s City Council meeting in an effort to introduce Atlanta Soccerfest 2014 to the Brookhaven community.
“I’d be very happy if we could bring Atlanta Soccerfest to my hometown,” Ernst said. “The festival would attract people to Brookhaven and it would benefit local businesses. All the money raised at Soccerfest will be donated to a great cause.”
Ernst said all proceeds from Soccerfest will benefit Keep Kickin', a local non-profit foundation that supports blood cancer research and patients through fundraising and awareness initiatives.
Anthony Catalano, founder of Keep Kickin' says, "As a former professional soccer player and a survivor of a blood cancer, we are extremely excited to be partnering with Soccerfest and helping to bring a fun day full of soccer activities & World Cup viewing - all to help someone Keep Kickin' vs Cancer."
Craig Fanti, co-founder of Atlanta Soccerfest, says, “With the support of the Brookhaven Community, we are hoping to make the event even bigger and better than four years ago!” Craig went on to say, that as a ‘thank you’ to the hosting community, the organizers behind the all-day patriotic event plan to donate a portion of the money raised from the 5k/FunRun to Brookhaven area schools.
Others putting together Soccerfest have been instrumental in arranging popular festivals around Atlanta such as the annual Chomp and Stomp in downtown Atlanta as well as Draft on Taft in Midtown.
Promotion of the event around metro Atlanta is already under way, so don’t be surprised if you see them at some of spring’s most popular events such as the SweetWater 420 Fest.
More information about Soccerfest can be found at www.atlantasoccerfest.org, www.facebook.com/atlantasoccerfest, @soccerfestatl