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First-Ever EDP First Responders Cup Set For Spring 2020: Proceeds Going Towards NJSPBA Survivor & Welfare Fund

By Christopher Korte, 12/18/19, 12:45PM EST

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EDP Soccer is proud to present the EDP Futsal First Responders Cup 2020 from March 21st to March 22nd, 2020 at The Fields Sports Complex in East Brunswick, NJ. The tournament is open to all state, federal and local police departments, fire departments and EMS, current or retired, as well as family members of fallen officers.

 

The EDP First Responders Cup will feature a 5v5 format of 20 minute Futsal games with at least six matches for each participant team. While divisional brackets will be broken up accordingly:
 

  • Men’s Open Bracket
     
  • Women’s Open Bracket
     
  • 40+ Men’s Division Bracket
     

Not only is this a great community event for all first responders, but the proceeds from the EDP First Responders Cup and the weekend festivities surrounding the event, will benefit the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association Survivor & Welfare Fund, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and survivor benefits to the families of PBA members.

 

President of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, Patrick Colligan, stated, “The NJSPBA is proud to partner with the EDP Soccer and to help enhance our public image through the sport of soccer. We are honored that EDP has created a Futsal event that is not only for our members to participate in but will benefit our members with the proceeds directed to the NJSPBA Survivor & Welfare Fund. The EDP First Responders Cup will bring police departments from across the state and the country together for a great cause.”

 

The EDP First Responders Cup, through the EDP Foundation, will also help to establish a $2,000 First Responders scholarship to benefit the son or daughter of a current or retired first responder, that is graduating high school, is an active soccer player and is planning to pursue a higher education.

Jim Oman, a retired US Secret Service Uniformed Division Police Sergeant and current EDP Regional Manager, is the organizer of the EDP First Responders Cup.

 

Formerly named the Stop the Violence Futsal Tournament and held in the Washington DC area, the EDP First Responders Cup was created to raise funds for community soccer and Police related programs, and ultimately, to help curb violence through social efforts.

 

Retired Lieutenant Ronald Mejia, who is a competitor in the upcoming First Responders Cup says, “The NYPD Soccer Team is excited and honored to participate in the first-ever EDP First Responders Cup. Jim, the organizer of this event, has an excellent reputation for hosting well planned and competitive tournaments, where members of the Law Enforcement Community can participate in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere.”

 

East Brunswick New Jersey Police Department Chief Frank LoSacco, who is helping host the First Responders Cup said, “The East Brunswick Police Department is honored to host police officers and other first responders from across the state and country in our township, during the first-ever EDP First Responders Cup. Being able to bring police officers together and to raise funds for a great cause is a win for everyone. We take great pride in our community and look forward to a fantastic police soccer tournament in our backyard.”

 

EDP Soccer is proud to host the first-ever EDP First Responders Cup.  For more information and to sign up for the event, visit www.edpsoccer.com/futsal-nj/#First-Responders or email EDP Regional Rep, Jim Oman at jim@edpsoccer.com


About EDP

Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year.  The key emphasis for EDP’s leagues and tournaments is its Pathway to College™ programming which enables soccer players to reach their full potential with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.