You could see the banners from the aging street. Happy children disappeared and re-emerged from a bounce house located on the front lawn of the park.
Three soccer fields were littered with soccer players donning their team’s chosen color.
For many, it had been years since they had set foot on a soccer field. For others, it was routine. Either way, former and current soccer stars aligned on Saturday, July 22, 2017 for the 2nd annual 2017 Copa Motor City.
Local companies, families, and friends descended upon Clark Park, located in southwest Detroit for a little soccer and a lot of love.
What started out as a small soccer tournament between four Motor City teams, Ford, FCA, GM and Delphi, and 200 attendees, turned into a full festival of events complete with Detroit-based food trucks.
More than 400 people joined the effort this year, watching 10 teams from Ford, FCA, GM, the Ideal Group, Marquardt, the Michigan Soccer Association and RPM battle it out for the winning trophy.
While DJ Sabor served up beats, local Detroit favorites served up burritos, tacos, and enchiladas for lunch. Guests were able to choose from Mexican, Middle Eastern, and vegetarian cuisine options.
Some of the companies that provided great eats included, Sheila’s Bakery, Honey Bee Market, La Colmena, Raspados y Obispos La Nina, Benjis Cuisine LLC, Athenian Shish Kebob, La Favorita Market and Taqueria and Armando’s Mexican Restaurant.
The Motor City Synergy Network, which consists of employee resource groups from various auto companies and suppliers made the event possible, alongside local sponsors and volunteers.
Other support included the Michigan United Soccer League, the Detroit City FC, and the Latino Press, who provided the field equipment.
Although FCA claimed the title last year, this year Ford walked away with the hardware – overcoming a 0-1 score against RPM in the final game, leaving the field with the win at 3-2.
Ford may have won the tournament, but the real winners are the children of the Clark Park community. The event collectively raised $9,500.00 for The Clark Park Coalition to support Clark Park programming for children, youth, and adults – a true example of how local companies around Metro-Detroit are committed to improving the lives of Detroit residents.