Bloomfield, N.J. - The Bloomfield Soccer Club hosted it’s third annual Martin Luther King Indoor Soccer Food Drive and Friendship games this past Sunday January 14th, at Bloomfield High School. The event is held to help raise food for needy families as part of Bloomfield ‘s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities.
The nine hour event saw 36 New Jersey travel soccer teams in the U9 through U12 age groups compete in nine brackets. Nine champions including the Bloomfield U9 Wildcats and U10 Bloomfield Devils were crowned, the Harrison Football club and Sportsfriends Soccer Academy also recorded two winners. Belleville, B’Elite Soccer Academy, and Livingston took home a group championship each.
“This is really a great day,” said Club President Barry Weiner, “the amount of donated food far exceeded anything we raised before. The amount of goodwill, sportsmanship, and sense of soccer community was felt by everyone. Our home teams were proud to wear the Bloomfield shirt and serve as hosts.”
The tournament does not have a registration fee, instead the soccer club asks each team to bring a minimum of 24 cans or boxes of food to be donated to Bloomfield houses of worship.
The soccer club is already trying to figure out how to make the 2019 event even bigger. “We can only have 36 teams because that is all the building can hold,” Weiner says, “maybe next year we can go to two locations or even three, we turned away a lot of teams. We get a lot of support from the Athletic Department, the Board of Education, the Town Council and Mayor’s office and the Recreation Department I am sure we will get an expanded tournament done in 2019.”