On April 13, Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell announced that commitment letters for the 2017 Philadelphia International Unity Cup are now available for teams to register their participation. They were also joined by Chief Strategy Officer of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Jen Jinks, to launch the Unity Youth Soccer League. GOYA is also returning as the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Unity Cup.
Additionally, Philadelphia Eagles President Don Smolenski joined the mayor and other City officials to announce that Lincoln Financial Field will play host to the 2017 Philadelphia International Unity Cup championship game.
The Unity Youth Soccer league is modeled after the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s “Soccer for Success” program and will incorporate its curriculum and standards. It will build on the positive momentum of the Philadelphia International Unity Cup by providing programming for 8-12 year-olds in diverse communities in Philadelphia beginning in spring 2017. The league aims to support sports-based youth development and to encourage children to live an active and healthy lifestyle while enhancing their personal growth beyond athletics. The league will also provide employment, training, and mentoring opportunities for the league’s coaches, many of whom played in the inaugural Philadelphia International Unity Cup.
While only one team can represent a country, this year there is no limit on the number of teams that can participate in the tournament. To register for the 2017 Philadelphia International Unity Cup, a letter of commitment and a deposit of check or money order in the amount of $100, made payable to ‘City of Philadelphia’ must be submitted in-person at the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Municipal Services Building, Suite 1430. Commitment letters with details on how to register for the 2017 Unity Cup are available at the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (1515 Arch Street, 10th Floor), and online through May 5, 2017.