In an effort to boost international pride through the spirit of sport, Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) hosted the annual SILC Cup Thursday at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
The event featured 21 co-ed teams that were made up of Sun Devil students and staff members. The teams represented different countries, regions and foreign language classes and each team were competing for the tournament title.
“I organized the first tournament six years ago and we rented a park in Tempe,” said Enrico Minardi, a senior lecturer of Italian and French at ASU. “It started so small, but last year it became big enough that the athletic department asked us to move the event here.”
The partnership with the athletic department was huge for Minardi and company.
Not only did the players get to take the pitch at the school’s 1,000 seat home stadium, but members of the Sun Devil women’s soccer team were on hand to referee the matches. They also provided water and delivered Papa John’s pizza to the participants.
“I am Italian so I grew up playing soccer every day,” Minardi said. “We played in the snow, rain and sun. This makes me feel like I’m back home, for one day at least.”