Teen Soccer Tournament Aims To Make A Difference On And Off The Field

Bob Roberts
September 08, 2018 - 6:13 pm
The Pepsico Showdown is in its 16th year and bills itself as the largest boys’ high school soccer tournament in the country.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A high school tournament is underway for the next week that will be teaching student-athletes the power of teamwork on and off the field.

The Pepsico Showdown is in its 16th year and bills itself as the largest boys’ high school soccer tournament in the country.  

Sixty-four schools are represented, public and private, city and suburban teams. Round one was in Joliet Saturday.  But Buddy’s Helpers Managing Director Joe Trost said the competition is not just on the field.  Each school has collected sweatshirts with a goal of donating 3,100 -- a number equal to the number of teens who attempt suicide each day in the United States.

They’re stuffing the sweatshirts into a special Pepsi delivery truck, which will bring the sweatshirts later this month to a west side Chicago homeless shelter