2013 Cal North-Nevada Soccer Expo
The California Youth Soccer Association and Nevada Youth Soccer Association teamed up to host the 2013 Cal North-Nevada Soccer Expo in South Lake Tahoe on April 12th and 13th. The event was held conjointly at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. There was a wide variety of events throughout the weekend. These events included the vendor show, workshops, presentations, awards banquets, advice sessions, coaching lessons, and a special guest appearance. The special guest was 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and U. S. Women’s National team’s goalkeeper, Hope Solo.
The weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon with the first day of the vendor show. Some of the companies that attended the expo were: Sator Soccer, EB Fundraising, Bonzi, Gateway Fundraising Service, JAZopfi Designs, Two Rivers Soccer Camp, Brax Fundraising, Zavvy, Lifetouch, and Affinity Sports. The vendor show allowed for the companies to showcase their products and services to potential customers and clients. After speaking to a number of the vendors, they all had great things to say about the overall experience.
Throughout the day on Friday, multiple events were being held at both hotels. The events on Friday included training games, a safety information session, coaching lessons, and motivation and confidence building techniques. On Friday night, a reception dinner was held which granted Hope Solo’s fans roughly two hours to get a chance to get her autograph, talk to her, and take pictures with her.
The Soccer Expo continued on Saturday morning with a full day of events. Among these events were workshops on team management, advice on college recruiting, training for coaches and players, awards ceremonies, skill enhancement programs for referees, and a question and answer session with special guest Hope Solo. The question and answer session with Hope Solo gave her fans the opportunity to ask her questions regarding her soccer career as well as her pathway to success. To make the moment even better, Hope was kind enough to allow a little extra time to sign some autographs for her fans.
To end the Soccer Expo with a bang, there was a Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on Saturday night with Hope Solo as the keynote speaker. Awards were given to coaches of the year, referees of the year, and to CYSA and Nevada YSA team members. As for Hope, she spoke about her path to success and what she had to do to get to where she is today.
Overall, the 2013 Cal North-Nevada Soccer Expo was a success. It was well-organized, educational, entertaining, connected people, and gave fans a chance to meet their role model. A special thanks to everyone that attended the event, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe for providing a terrific venue, and Hope Solo.