Event Spotlight: UBC REC Vancouver Street Soccer League Tournament

Emily is a 5th year Psychology student at UBC who shines through her position as a Soccer/Futsal Director for UBC REC. Recently, Emily and her crew organized a new event in collaboration with the Vancouver Street Soccer League (VSSL). 
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VSSL is a volunteer organized soccer league for residents of the Downtown East Side. The Street Soccer League’s mission is “having fun, getting fit, making friends, finding connections to jobs and housing, and working on decreasing substance use, but somehow we just have fun and the other parts mostly take care of themselves.” After learning about the VSSL, Emily contacted the VSSL Director, Christy to present the idea that would later become the VSSL tournament.
With the help of six Assistant Directors (Jordyn, Eric, Dan, Mitch, Alyssa and Steph) and volunteers from REC, the tournament was planned and put together in only one week’s time.
“The event went wonderfully”, says Emily. Beginning with an opening welcome of all the participants followed by a combining of UBC REC and VSSL teams, the tournament got underway. There were three round robin games and a final championship game within the tournament. Before the final game, there was also a skills competition that saw individuals from both groups shine through their technical abilities. After the closely scored final, the winning team was rewarded with some extra cool 2012/2013 champions t-shirts. Everyone was also rewarded with lunch for their valiant effort.

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The most memorable moment of the tournament was the story of a special VSSL participant. This player was particularly ill, and was unable to play for an extended period of time. He decided to come to the tournament to see some of his friends for the first time in months. While attending the tournament, this player stepped onto the court and played. Every time he played on court, everyone cheered him on. It got very emotional when his team won the championship game and dedicated the win to him.
The tournament was hugely successful thanks to the hard work and dedication of the VSSL participants, VSSL volunteers, Christy, UBC REC volunteers and the leadership of Emily and her crew.

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