Oak Brook, Ill–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 20, 2003–Seventy-two of the nation’s top high school boy and girl soccer players participated in the second annual McDonald’s All American High School Soccer Games at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C.
Ramon Nuñez of Texas Tech High School in Dallas, Texas was named MVP of the Boys game. Nuñez scored a spectacular goal on the 63rd minute to help the West defeat the East by a score of 4-0. Nuñez will continue his educational and soccer career at Southern Methodist University.
Selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the 36 boys and 36 girls represented 23 states.
Proceeds from the games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Rotary Gift of Life; two non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well being of children.
“We are pleased to carry on the tradition of honoring top scholastic athletes who excel in their chosen sport,” said John Lewicki, Director of McDonald’s U.S. Sports Marketing. “The McDonald’s All American High School Soccer Games showcase the skills of America’s top high school soccer players, many of whom will go on to careers in college and the professional ranks.”
“Our selection committee worked long hours to identify the best players nationwide for the McDonald’s All American High School Soccer Games,” said Janet Rayfield, President of the NSCAA and Women’s Head Soccer Coach at the University of Illinois. “The talented young men and women who took the field in Charleston put on a tremendous event for the fans in attendance.”
McDonald’s once again teamed up with POWERade to sponsor this All Star event. Delta airlines served as the official airline for the Game. Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and adidas all support soccer worldwide and are official sponsors of the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“For many years soccer has been one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, and POWERade is proud to sponsor this event that showcases the top high school soccer student athletes in the country,” said David Preston, Senior Brand Manager for POWERade.
Founded in 1941, the NSCAA has grown into the nation’s largest coaches organization regardless of sport. Its 16,000 members coach at all levels of the game and are dedicated to coaching education as well as recognizing achievement in soccer. The NSCAA’s annual convention is the world’s largest gathering of soccer coaches.
McDonald’s is the world’s leading foodservice retailer, with more than 29,000 restaurants serving over 46 million people each day in 119 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald’s U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent local businessmen and women.
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