Legacy Tour aims to build awareness

April 29, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

With the eyes of the soccer world focusing on the United States as it prepares to play host to the World Cup this summer, Legacy Tour '94 -- a grass-roots program formed to develop awareness of the sport -- is visiting the communities surrounding the nine host cities.

The Legacy Tour '94 caravan will make its first stop in the Baltimore area Sunday at Herring Run Park. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., soccer fanatics and neophytes alike can take part in the free festivities.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of World Cup soccer," said Legacy Tour '94 national director Maris Segal Goodis. "The World Cup has never been held in the United States, and this is an opportunity to have an active part in it. It's a chance for the parents of kids who play soccer to come out of the stands and kick the soccer ball and have fun with their kids."

Players of all ages and abilities can compete in skills events, including penalty kicking, passing and speed-dribbling. All participants and volunteers will receive a gift bag and are eligible for other prizes including 1994 World Cup tickets.

When the caravan departs Herring Run Park, it will leave behind much of its equipment, which will be donated to various community organizations.

"Legacy Tour '94 is about exposing soccer to every community in America," said Desmond Armstrong, a U.S. National Team member, Columbia native and University of Maryland graduate.

Those who can't make it to Herring Run Park on Sunday can catch the Legacy Tour caravan on May 7 at Howard Community College in Columbia or on May 8 at Peninsula Park in Annapolis.

For registration and volunteer information, call (202) 426-1800.

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