Soccerfest 2009

First Annual Soccerfest a HUGE Success

While the weather didn’t help, Burke AC’s first annual Soocerfest was a HUGE success. With support from our friends at DC United, Washington Freedom, and Goldenboot Soccer, more than 130 kids played games and learned a little more about soccer while the club collected nearly a half ton of food (literally) and enough soccer equipment to fill a minivan.

Braddock Supervisor John Cook stopped by and dropped off a bag of canned food. He took some time to talk with players and parents and encouraged everyone to continue to be involved in youth sports. As a softball coach himself, Supervisor Cook gave special thanks to the parents that volunteer as coaches.
Here, Supervisor Cook poses for a quick picture with DC United’s Talon and several of the children that contributed to the 920 pounds of food collected by the club.  The food was donated to Food for Others.  (

Washington Freedom’s Parrissa Eyorokon spent more than an hour signing autographs, taking pictures, and talking to players. Eyorokon plays midfield/forward with the new Women’s Professional Soccer team. 
The time she spent talking to young players, boys and girls alike, was both heartfelt and inspiring.
Golden Boot Soccer provided free trainers to work with all the kids that stopped by. Children of all ages learned some new moves, played games and had a chance to enjoy two hours of soccer fun on an overcast morning. 
At one point, DC United’s Talon interrupted the training to meet the players and have pictures taken. 



Players and parents took some time out of all the fun to help sort all of the equipment which was collected. The equipment was collected on behalf of the US Soccer Foundation’s Passback program ( and will go to children throughout the area that cannot otherwise afford to buy the stuff they need to play soccer. Enough equipment was collected to fill an entire minivan.