Each July, the National Sports Center pulls off the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere: Schwan’s USA CUP. This year’s tournament welcomed 1,168 teams from 15 different countries and 17 different states. An event this huge requires an all hands on deck approach from full time staff members, as well as bringing in a group of 12 interns for the summer to make this worldwide tournament happen.
The intern class of 2017 served a vital function in putting the tournament together from three key departments: field sports services, campus operations and media. No matter the function they served, each individual walked away with valuable experience and the pride of being directly involved with such a huge event like USA CUP.
“We pulled off the biggest tournament in the Western Hemisphere. That’s just a pretty cool thing to be able to say,” Logan Halvorson, USA CUP activities and registration intern, said. “It was such a good internship because they literally throw you in there, and you have direct relations with everything that goes on in the tournament.”
The fourth annual Minnesota US Club Cup featured competitive play from all 31 teams who participated. The event was held May 26-29 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. and featured boys and girls teams from U12 to U17. Of the eight divisions contested, four different clubs claimed championships.
Spring Lake Park Schools has selected the National Sports Center campus as the site for its new preK-4 elementary school. The school will be located on property currently owned by the National Sports Center. The exact location of the school will be at the west end of the Main Parking Lot, just north of the NSC Velodrome. Over 600 students are expected to be served by the school.
It’s already the end of May, and the National Sports Center (NSC) is showing its first signs of spring: The velodrome is open, tournament season is in full swing and the newest crop of NSC interns has arrived on campus.
Schwan’s USA CUP is blessed to have dedicated volunteers who have been serving the tournament for years. Some were around at the beginning, 33 years ago. In fact, the core group of volunteers is so tight and dependable that volunteers and staff think of themselves as a family.