Upper Cumberland United Soccer Club hosts successful Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup

The Tennessee State Soccer Association was proud to partner with the Upper Cumberland United Soccer Club(UCUSC), as they served host to the spring season Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup. Over 50 teams participated in the event, held June 2nd and 3rd, in Cookeville. Many clubs throughout the mid-state, and as far west as Jackson and as far south as Chattanooga, came to take part in what is becoming a premier recreational event in Tennessee. "We would like to thank Jason Gentry, Upper Cumberland United Soccer, and the many outstanding volunteers that helped make this a special event for the players and families that attended," said John Moore, TSSA VP for Recreational Soccer. "We want to build this event into something teams want to continue to come to play in and be able to face competition from outside their own league. Upper Cumberland helped us make this a premier Tennessee Soccer event."  Players from ages 5 to 17 took part in a fun, festival filled day of soccer and other games hosted by TSSA and UCUSC. 

Formerly known as Kohl’s Cup, TSSA began hosting the Friendship Cup and renamed the event to honor the memory of Cleveland Grimes, former TSSA Board Member and Executive VP, who passed away suddenly in the spring of 2016. Cleveland was a long-time supporter of grassroots and recreational soccer in TN. Grimes started what is now known as North River Soccer Association in Chattanooga, and last year the complex where North River holds practices and games was renamed the Cleveland T. Grimes Soccer Complex. 

The Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup is open to all registered Division 4 players and teams across the state. This fall, Stones River will host the Friendship Cup the weekend on November 17.  Details will be available early Fall.  For more information on the Friendship Cup, feel free to contact the state office, or TSSA VP of Recreational Soccer, John Moore, at VPRecreation@tnsoccer.org.

Derek Greene