West Seattle Cup aftermath: Organizer Terry Kegel up for MLS Community MVP award; plus, see the highlight reel!

During the early going of the World Cup, our area had its own celebration of soccer and community – the West Seattle Cup. Announced back in January and played over a weekend in June, the West Seattle Cup was dreamed up and brought to reality by local teacher Terry Kegel, who shared the highlight reel above, showing what it was all about – not just family soccer games and international learning (teams represented various countries), but also the importance of “conversations for understanding” – those were as much a part of the “final score” as the soccer goals. We stopped by during the WSC – our story included this photo of Terry:

Terry is now a finalist for the special Community MVP award given out by Major League Soccer – with the prize including a $10,000 charity donation and a trip to the MLS All-Star Game. Voting is under way and continues until July 25th. And you can vote with *no strings attached* – no requirement that you sign up for something or “like”/”follow” something – just go here and click on the Sounders logo on the map, so that Terry’s info and “vote now” button will appear below.

5 Replies to "West Seattle Cup aftermath: Organizer Terry Kegel up for MLS Community MVP award; plus, see the highlight reel!"

  • Pam July 14, 2014 (5:23 pm)

    yay Mr. Kegel!!! yay Kim for creating such an awesome film!! :) Mr. Kegel is a treasure- please vote :)

  • mikeK July 14, 2014 (5:28 pm)

    Looks like you DO have to give them your name/email to vote.

  • WSB July 14, 2014 (5:46 pm)

    Yes, but if you do not check the opt-in box, you’re not on a mailing list. (Same thing as for example commenting on our site – we require a name and e-mail address but we do NOT collect it for any kind of a list, have never used it for marketing communications, do not ever share with third parties, etc.) The fine print specifies the e-mail address is for verification. I really appreciate that, as too many of these things default to the checked box and require you to notice that and opt-out … as an organization, we do not support contests that require mailing list sign-ups or social-media likes/follows/retweets. – TR

  • The Smiths July 14, 2014 (9:34 pm)

    GO MR. K!! It’s too bad the game is in Portland this year! ;)

  • Argonautter July 14, 2014 (11:33 pm)

    The West Seattle Cup was an outstanding way to bring our community together! Although we played soccer together (and it was great!), the emphasis was on meeting other people and opening conversations. We’ve run into several people we met through this event, and it’s like we’re old friends. People talk about the Seattle Freeze, and I think this event helped break down some of those barriers, especially across cultural lines. Terry gets my vote for sure!!

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