COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake and The University of Tampa announced today the details for the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Soccer Festival that will be held on Sunday, February 13, in Tampa, Fla.
The day's events will be held on the campus of the University of Tampa and will feature The Crew taking on Real Salt Lake at 6 p.m. at Pepin Stadium. The day will also include a Youth Soccer and Goalkeeper Clinic (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), a Coaching Symposium (2-3 p.m.), a U.S. U-17 National Team game (4 p.m.) and an on-line auction available through TheCrew.com, RealSaltLake.com and ut.edu/athletics (3-8 p.m.). The Crew-RSL game can also be heard on-line at TheCrew.com and RealSaltLake.com, with the "Voice of The Crew," Dwight Burgess, calling the action.
All proceeds from the Festival will help fund the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship named after the UT soccer coach and former Crew head coach who died in December from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
The cost of admission for adults 18 and older is $12, $7 for kids 12-17, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by calling 813-253-6240 ext. 3100. Donations to the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship Fund can be mailed to: Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box I, Tampa, FL 33606.
"I know Tom would be unbelievably overwhelmed by all the support," said Debi Fitzgerald. "It would mean so much to him to have an endowment in his name at the University of Tampa. UT was a place very special to him and a place where he was going to retire from. Columbus was also a special time in our lives. I would say that the pinnacle of Tom's career was his time in Columbus. Lamar (Hunt) and the whole organization were wonderful. He really bonded with the people of Columbus. We loved our time in there."
"The Tom Fitzgerald Soccer Festival is another way that we as a team and an organization can show our love and commitment to a man who meant so much to all of us," said Andrulis. "Tom's legacy will live on and what a great way to honor him, by having a soccer festival that combines all elements of the sport. We are proud to be able to help raise money for a scholarship fund in Tom's name that will benefit athletes at the University of Tampa."
"Tom Fitzgerald was a very dear friend of mine and to be able to participate in a soccer festival in his honor means a lot to me," said RSL Head Coach John Ellinger. "Especially since Debi will be there to hand out the trophy to the winner of our game against the Columbus Crew."
"This is a great tribute to one of the all-time greats," UT men's soccer coach Adrian Bush said. "We are very excited to bring in the Under-17 National Team, two Major League Soccer teams, national-caliber coaches from throughout the country, and a major sponsor, in adidas, for their continued support of UT soccer. The Festival is also a great opportunity for kids and a great opportunity for soccer. Tom will be looking down on us and smiling on February 13."
"Tom had a profound influence on myself and Keith Fulk in our coaching careers," said U.S. U-17 National Team Head Coach John Hackworth. "We would like the next generation of players to be a part of that and to be able to see all the things that Tom has contributed to the soccer community."
The clinic includes coaches from MLS, the U.S. National Team, and the University of Tampa. Boys and girls from ages 6-14 will learn from Jay Miller (former UT head coach and current U.S. Soccer staff coach), Andrulis, Ellinger, Peter Mellor (Real Salt Lake goalkeeper coach), Hackworth, Keith Fulk (former UT head coach and current U.S. U-17 Men's National Team assistant coach), Bush, and Bobby Johnston (UT women's soccer head coach). The cost is $50 per child and includes a ticket to both games.
The coaching symposium will be conducted by Miller and Hackworth which is open to all coaches who purchase tickets to the two games.
For further information, please contact UT men's head coach Adrian Bush at 813-253-6240 ext. 3407 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or UT men's assistant coach Maurice Loregnard at 813-253-6240 ext. 3184 or email@example.com.
THE SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY IS AS FOLLOWS:
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Youth Soccer and Goalkeeper Clinic
2 p.m.-3 p.m. Coaching Symposium
4 p.m. U.S. U-17 Men's Blue vs. U.S. U-17 Men's White
6 p.m. Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake
3-8 p.m. On-line auction at TheCrew.com, RealSaltLake.com and ut.edu/athletics