to Partner With Local Sponsors for
NJCAA Tournament Nov. 19-22
N.J. -- Mercer County Community College is lining up sponsors to
participate in the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association
(NJCAA) Division I Men's Soccer Tournament to be held November 19-22,
2009. An opening night banquet will be held on November 18.
tournament returns to the MCCC Soccer Complex for the first time
since 1999. According to Athletics Director John Simone, eight teams
from across the country will vie for the title, with approximately
300 players and coaches estimated to participate. Thousands of spectators
are expected to visit the stadium over the four days of competition.
Athletics Director John Simone, President Patricia C. Donohue and
Marriott General Manager Jeff Zeiger.
thus far include NJCAA Region 19, the Garden State Athletic Association,
the Trenton Marriott, which has been selected to house the visiting teams,
Stout's Charter Service, which will provide transportation, and Baden
Sports. Marriott General Manager Jeff Zeiger says, "It's fantastic
that MCCC and the Marriott are partnering for this event - bringing the
tournament to the area and building business in Trenton. Everyone wins."
Adds MCCC Head Men's Soccer Coach Charlie Inverso, "The tournament
is back at its best venue -- Mercer. The last two host schools did a phenomenal
job, but they could not provide the large passionate base of soccer fans
that we have in this region." Inverso recalls the Vikings' 1991 championship
win against Yavapai Community College, which was played before thousands
of fans. He notes that the tournament is a great opportunity for youngsters
who play in community leagues to see quality soccer at the collegiate
MCCC's men's soccer program is recognized across the country. The Vikings
have won eight national titles, five of them under Coach Inverso, who
begins his 24th season with the Vikings this fall. Last year the team
placed third nationally; its last national championship was in 2004.
Area businesses are invited to serve as tournament sponsors. Sponsors'
names will be posted to the tournament and college websites, featured
in the program book, and announced at the games. For more information
on sponsor opportunities, call (609) 570-3778.
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