First World Cup at MWC assembly


Soccer another opportunity to meet people from around the globe

Anna Groff of The Mennonite for Meetinghouse

Two-hundred and sixty-nine individuals played in the Anabaptist World Cup, organized as part of the Mennonite World Conference Assembly held July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa. The soccer tournament was held at Logan Park in Dillsburg, Pa.

Players ranged from ages six to 64 with 210 men and 59 women. Twenty-three countries were represented.

The teams were intentionally diversified by country, gender and age, says Andrew Good, organizer.

“Everyone is having a good time so far,” Good said on opening day, July 23. “Some people take it more seriously than others but everyone is having fun. It is nice to spend time outside the convention center.”

There were 16 teams in two divisions that played July 22-25. Each team wore a different color of a souvenir t-shirt. The scoring was three points for a win, one for a tie and none for a loss.

In the Wednesday/Friday division, team 7 (dark green) won and in the Thursday/Saturday division team 15 (burnt orange) won.

“I signed up to meet people from all over the world,” said Tessa Hedrick of Waterloo, Ontario.

“I used to play futbol a lot,” said Felix Kanyamoneza of Burundi, so he immediately signed up when he heard about the Anabaptist World Cup.

The idea for the Anabaptist World Cup originated with Howard Good, MWC PA 2015 national coordinator. Team mangers were Brook Musselman, Nick Miller Good, Michelle Miller Good and Kelly Good.













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