News release from the ShinDigz National Soccer Festival:
Casaburo set to lead the Spartans at Shindigz National Soccer Festival
Local Restaurateur Thrilled With Honorary Coach Role
(August 16, 2013) – The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW Thursday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 24th. Schedules are now available online at www.NationalSoccerFestival.com . Advance discount tickets can now be purchased at Fort Wayne-area Walgreen’s, 800 Degrees Restaurants and Connolly’s Do It Best Hardware locations. Tickets can also be purchased on the days of the event at the gate as in years past.
Once again, several top-notch high school and collegiate teams will participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. Also, for the first time in the history of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, see a match between the back-to-back NCAA Men’s National Champions. North Carolina (2011 NCAA Men’s National Champion) will take on Indiana (2012 NCAA Men’s National Champion) on Saturday, August 24th.
On Thursday, August 22nd, Michigan State will take on North Carolina. Fort Wayne’s own Jim Casaburo has been asked to be the Spartan’s Honorary Coach. Casaburo is a Michigan State Alumni who is probably better known locally as an owner at Casa Restaurant Group. He is also the Vice President of Camp Watcha Wanna Do where children with cancer or cancer survivors attend. Camp Watcha Wanna Do also supports an adult retreat, a Family Camp and a Teen Retreat as a respite for those with cancer or cancer survivors. He did play Spartan soccer “a while ago” and is completely thrilled with the honorary role he has been asked to play when Michigan State enters the pitch Thursday evening.
The Shindigz National Soccer Festival also features an exciting Midway full of family friendly activities, delectable festival food including 800 Degrees wood-fired pizza and informational soccer clinics. New this year, at halftime of the Indiana vs. North Carolina Saturday night game, will be the Edy’s Ice Cream Quick Scoop ice cream eating contest. There is definitely something for everyone at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. Make sure that you are a â€˜Part of the Party’ as you participate in this year’s Shindigz National Soccer Festival.
What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass roots community supported soccer festival. Corporations, foundations, and personal donations are the backbone of the festival. The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; the area youth for the hands on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local business people of Northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the area; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere.
Currently, the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true community soccer festival, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents, all located at the beautiful Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Shindigz National Soccer Festival is honoured again, this year, to bring top-ranked college soccer teams, along with highly prestigious high school teams, to Fort Wayne. Due to the great history of the event, Shindigz National Soccer Festival has been recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for pre-season collegiate soccer.