“Our program, we have to travel all over the country to be in these situations and to be able to do that at home, here. And then bring teams from all over the Midwest to play and see our facilities is a great opportunity for us,” says Frank Mateus, Tournament Director.
The tournament has grown so much in the past twelve years that it had to be split into two weekends.
“We got over two hundred teams this weekend. We've got over four hundred teams next weekend. The numbers keep getting bigger and the quality keeps getting better as well,” says Mateus.
The Puma College Showcase allows boys and girls from thirteen to nineteen years old to demonstrate their skills.
“We're just here to get better as a team, have some fun and hopefully, get some attention from some college coaches,” says Julia Finn, U-17 player from Woodbury, Minnesota.
More than fifty college coaches visit the tournament to recruit players.
“The plan is to get the kids some games so the coaches can come and see them play. The games are set up so they're a little bit longer than normal games time-wise. So it gives every player the good opportunity to get in and get plenty of time and get seen,” says Hugh Ward, Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching.
The tournament will continue Sunday and the Puma Champions Cup is April 11-13 at Sportscore One and Two.