Rush Fest 2017
July 9th – 14th 2017 was a week like no other in youth soccer! This year, all 2005 birth year Rush Soccer players were invited to attend the 9th annual Rush Fest in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Missouri Rush was well represented as 2004G Premier – Valenti and 2005G Azul – Lange teams made the trip out west. Coach Steve Lange said “I was extremely excited our team made the trip. From what I have heard about prior years Rush Fests, this was an event we had to attend!”
The itinerary included parents, coaches, and players all taking part in education sessions in the classroom and on the field. The opening ceremonies set the tone for the week including a DJ, Rush team spirit chants, giveaways, pictures and videos of current and Rush Alumni professional players encouraging the next generation of Rush superstars.
During the weeklong event, there were daily games, street soccer sessions, coaching collaborations, REACH make your own ball event (geared towards emphasizing how less fortunate children around the world find a way to play), parent wine tasting appreciation night, and Rush Thunder program (where players with special needs were assisted by team nominated “buddies” to teach drills to showcase their soccer talents). Additionally, all parents and coaches were invited to attend an education session where John O’Sullivan from Changing the Game Project spoke.
Closing ceremonies is the highlight of the week. All the teams take part in gift exchanges, spirit competitions, and of course singing and dancing to show off their Rush pride! Missouri Rush made the quarter finals in the spirit award competition!
All in all, the best part of the event was the passion and enjoyment for the game that the kids showed. If you are a Rush player born in 2006, set your sights on next year’s event!