Roanoke Star is preparing for the 3rd Annual Stellar One Kimoyo Cup, taking place this coming weekend, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th. The tournament will take place at two locations in the Roanoke Valley - Greenhill Park in Salem and Vinyard II Soccer Fields in Vinton.
This year the tournament will be the biggest in its 3 years, with 120 teams attending! Teams will be attending from West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Players will be looking forward to fun competitive games, and in between games, will be able to visit the DJ booth at Greenhill Park to participate in competitions with the chance to win prizes!
Along with providing a fun and competitive tournament experience for players and families, the Stellar One Kimoyo Cup serves another purpose. The mission of Kimoyo, LTD. is to create an appreciation within the Roanoke Valley of cultural diversity through education programs, and to establish international partnerships for self-empowerment that address health and economic issues.
Kimoyo, LTD. is a 501(c)3 corporation founded in 1998. It grew from a faith-based partnership formed between two Roanoke, Virginia, churches – St. John’s Episcopal Church and Kingdom Life Ministries, International.
Kimoyo, LTD. is financed through Kimoyo events; The Binaba Shop, which sells handmade goods from Africa on the Roanoke City Market; and by personal and corporate contributions.
For the past 3 years, players, teams, clubs and families have donated gently-used soccer equipment to children in Ghana. This weekend at the event, you will be able to bring your slightly used soccer equipment, and Kimoyo will make sure it is delivered to the children in Ghana. As you can see from the pictures, the Ghanaian children will certainly put your equipment to good use. You can view these pictures in a slideshow above, or in a gallery with captions here.
- Submitted by Martin Smith