LODI, N.J. – Sound of Gol Foundation will host a free girls’ soccer tournament, featuring ESPN soccer analyst and former professional soccer player Monica Gonzalez on June 23, 25 and 28 at Memorial Park in Lodi.
Sound of Gol Foundation is a global not-for-profit organization that supports youth development using the “world’s game” of soccer as a vehicle to empower social and personal growth. Gonzalez joins the tournament as special guest and coach on Saturday. She is one of the foundation's Ambassadors of Goodwill and serves as a mentor and coach at Sound of Gol soccer clinics held across the country. She played forward and defender for Mexico’s Women’s National Soccer Team and is also the founder of Gonzo Soccer Academy, a nonprofit organization that teaches girls the game of soccer and fundamental life skills.
The free tournament is made possible thanks to support from UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteer initiative. Four soccer teams from northern New Jersey, Bloomfield Soccer Club, Union City Soccer Club, Coast Sports from Fairfield and the foundation's very own Sound of Gol FC of Garfield will play one 40-minute game per day. Healthy refreshments will be made available to all players and attendees.
Because most youth sports in the U.S., including soccer, have become a pay-to-play model, most families face high participation costs they simply cannot afford. To help girls participate in the sport, the foundation partnered up with “Do Good. Live Well.” to sponsor the Sound of Gol FC and various soccer clinics that promote health and wellness in the U.S. Girls who join the Sound of Gol FC are given the opportunity to learn the sport, exercise their bodies and give back to their communities.
The Sound of Gol Foundation was inspired by the animated series, “La Golda,” that engages kids to take action and do good around the world. With its vision of Saving the World One Game at a Time, the foundation has created programs that endeavor to make a difference and impact lives.