Thursday, June 28, 2012

2013 Ford Escape Soccer Skills Challenge


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Contact:
Ed Koehn Ford
Greenville, MI 48838
616-754-4689
Tyler Athey – Event Coordinator
tylerathey@edkoehn.com













IMMEDIATE RELEASE




LOCAL KIDS score BIG with the ford escape soccer skills challenge




·         Great Lakes Region Ford Dealerships are joining with (and donating $500 to) soccer clubs/YMCAs/schools in local communities for Soccer Skills Challenge competitions
·         Boys and Girls, ages 8-13, will be able to compete in 6 different soccer exercises that will test their individual skills against others in their age group
·         Top-scoring participants will be invited to Regional Finals where local winners have the chance to compete again for a trophy and other prizes.
·         Program is a result of cooperation of Ford Motor Company, US Club Soccer and iSoccer
·         The all-new 2013 Ford Escape will be on display at all local and regional events with an opportunity for adults to enter for a chance to win a two-year lease of Ford’s newest smart and green compact crossover


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Ed Koehn Ford is excited to announce it has paired with Greenville High School Soccer Team to bring its newest grassroots community program to kids and families. It’s called the Ford Escape Soccer Skills Challenge!



Starting in July 2012, the Ford Escape Soccer Skills Challenge will join Ford dealerships with local youth soccer clubs/YMCAs/schools in skills challenges throughout the Great Lakes Region. Boys and girls, ages 8-13, will compete in a series of challenges designed to encourage teamwork, improve their soccer skills and most importantly, have fun! Participants will receive points based on their performance of the six different soccer kills (Toe Taps, Foundations, Juggling (right and left foot), Dribbling (right and left foot).The top-scorers, a boy and girl from each age group, will be awarded a trophy at the end of the event.  All participants will receive a souvenir scorecard for their efforts as well as a two month iSoccer Plus membership.  Local winners will be invited to participate in a Regional Finals event in late September or October to compete again for a trophy and other prizes (Regional Finals details will be forthcoming at a later date). Ed Koehn Ford will donate $500 to Greenville High School Soccer Team that assists in executing a local challenge competition.

In addition to the soccer challenges, Ed Koehn Ford will be displaying the all-new 2013 Ford Escape in a dedicated vehicle display space during the entire soccer skills program and Dealer representatives will be on hand to answer consumer questions.. Parents/legal guardians of participants may enter for a chance to win a two-year lease of the 2013 Escape, Ford’s newest smart and green compact crossover vehicle. (no purchase necessary - complete rules at:
www.fordescapesoccerskillschallenge.com/findevent). A winner will be randomly selected on October 15, 2012.


“Building upon the incredible success of prior similar programs that have strengthened our relationship with the community, we’re really excited to be able to provide this opportunity to young soccer players and their families,” said Tyler Athey of Ed Koehn Ford. “We’re looking forward to engaging local youth in fun athletic activities this summer, while showing off the all-new Escape at the same time!”



Both US Club Soccer (a national organization for club soccer) and iSoccer (an online soccer training and coaching platform) have joined forces with Ford in this amazing opportunity for young soccer players.



Finding an event near you, additional information on the Ford Escape Soccer Skills Challenge as well as the related sweepstakes contest to enter for a change to win a two-year lease of a 2013 Ford Escape can be found at www.fordescapesoccerskillschallenge.com/findevent



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About Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.





About US Club Soccer:

US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. A member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, US Club Soccer has grown to include member clubs and leagues in all 50 states. In addition to sanctioning and administering tournaments, leagues and other competitions as well as offering a range of programs for its members, US Club Soccer annually conducts the National Cup. US Club Soccer also directs its own player identification and development program – id2. For more information, please visit www.usclubsoccer.com.



About iSoccer

iSoccer is an award winning, online training and coaching platform that provides players, coaches and clubs with the tools and motivation to improve the technical ability of youth soccer players. Players, teams and clubs are able to assess their current level using the proprietary iSoccer Assessment, analyze their strengths and weaknesses using sophisticated tracking tools, target their training with a customized practice session builder and download over 500+ iPod ready video clips to help raise their technical level through self-guided training. For more information, please visit www.isoccer.com.