Crossbars rattled as goals were scored at the annual EP7 Futsal tournament.
Saturday saw the fourth annual EP7 Futsal tournament. A soccer shootout like no other, held in the Shawnee State University gym.
The shootout is the largest fundraiser for the EP7 Youth Outreach Program. The tournament has seen its fourth year come and go successfully, with teams coming from far and wide.
Stephanie Pauley, the founder of the outreach program, was very pleased with the turnout, the competition, and the overall support that the community continues to show.
Donors, volunteers, and staff filled the gymnasium early Saturday. Hundreds followed as spectators sat for a day of soccer in favor of the EP7 program.
“We had a record attendance of approximately 525 spectators and 250 players and coaches,” Pauley said.
During the day, 25 teams across five divisions would come out to test their mettle and support a local cause. Across 44 games, the athletes would dribble, cross, pass and shoot to the roars of the crowd.
EP7 Youth Outreach Program is a nonprofit that seeks to ease the burden of family members passing, especially on the youth. Among its resources, are a summer camp, multiple community programs such as education for first responders, and funeral costs relief.
Pauley would detail a few of the programs that tournament proceeds would go to.
An interactive animal and arts grief Camp E’ncourage. SONshine and Graceful Healing Memory Boxes, grief groups, community education on grieving, emergency funeral expense fund, a grief resource library through the Portsmouth Public Library and educational scholarships to Wheelersburg High School and Scioto County CTC.
The Program was created in 2016 after Pauley’s son, Ethan Pauley, tragically died on a January night. A lack of support was quickly noticed for his fellow students, teammates and family.
Today, the Outreach now has a firm connection with the local ordinance as it supports those in need.
“This event supports the EP7 Youth Outreach and provides grief support to families in crisis throughout the tri-state,” Pauley said.
The day of sport and support saw young and old come to pay their respects.
“We wish to thank Shawnee State University for hosting, our business sponsors, team sponsors, volunteers, teams, coaches, parents and supporters,” Pauley said.
More information on how someone can get involved or the resources offered can be found on the EP7 Youth Outreach Program through their Facebook page or their website.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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