This year we had another 25 guys form 5 teams for the summer tournament. Just like all the other tournaments, the finals were the most exciting and nail-biting. The five teams were lead by three student leaders and two others who are very good at soccer and have leadership skills. Chuy was the captain for the black team, “Juventus”; Cheche was the captain of the pink team, “Los Panteras Rosas”—the Pink Panthers; Martin was the captain of the white team, “Los Bufalos”—the Buffalos; Julio was the captain of the blue team, “Chelsea”; and Jose Angel was the captain of the orange team, “La Naranja Mecanica”—the Orange Mechanic. Despite having one of their players not present the day of the finals, “Chelsea” won a wild-card game for the #4 seed, then went on to beat the #1 seed “Juventus” to make it to the championship game. “The Pink Panthers” also made it to the championship game coming from the #3 seed and beat “Chelsea” 4-3 in an intense overtime game. So the winning team of the Summer Speed Soccer Tournament—The Pink Panthers!!
It was a great week and an excellent opportunity for the team captains to speak into the lives of their team members. Each week they prayed together before their games and there were a few new students introduced to our youth group. As we develop relationships with these students, we pray that the Lord will open doors for us to minister to them.
For the first time after having had three tournaments already, we had 7 girls turn out for a quick girl’s tournament. Mili was the team captain for “Las Damas de Negro”—Women in Black; Cecilia was the team captain for “Las Campeonas”—The Champions, made up of three girls. Was it prophetic? It appears to be that way because the team of three, “The Champions” came out on top winning the best – of – seven four games and only tying the “Women in Black” once at the beginning. Again, there were a few girls from Santa Fe who were introduced to our youth group through this event and we trust that the Lord will open more opportunities to develop relationships with them and share more of Jesus with them.
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