News release from the Shindigz National Soccer Festival:
Local companies support Shindigz National Soccer Festival
Event Sponsored by Many Throughout the Community
(August 21, 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 https://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.
In order to ensure the success and longevity of this event, the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has reached out to the community in many ways. Shindigz of South Whitley has once again renewed its presenting sponsorship of the event. Many other Northeast Indiana businesses and organizations have also pledged support to the Shindigz National Soccer Festival including: the Edward M & Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation, Burton & Vosmeier & Looney Financial Advisory Group of Raymond James & Associates, Brigadoon Fitness, Sally Penn, adidas, the Indy Eleven, Walgreens, Federated Media, SportONE Ortho Northeast, Frontier Communications, Evans Toyota, IPFW, Fort Wayne Newspapers, Aalco, Steel Dynamics, Northeastern REMC, MedPartners, 800 Degrees Restaurants, New Image Printing & Design, Edy’s Ice Cream, Star Technology, Neoti, ATM & Company, Forrest Legal, Classic Products, A Better Fort, Don Hall’s Restaurants, Connolly’s Do It Best Hardware, Don McArdle, Joe & Diane Zimmerman, Ian Rolland, Larry Lee and Dr. Mike Stronczek. The Shindigz National Soccer Festival would also like to thank the following partners: ACE Tent Rental, K&K Insurance, Budweiser, Fort Wayne Sport Club and North American Council for Freight Efficiency.
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.
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.