CHATHAM – Since the beginning of June, Veterans Field has been home to summer baseball, but on Aug. 18 the outfield was temporarily transformed into two soccer fields where seven scrappy teams got their kicks in the 10th Annual Kenny Kup Soccer Jamboree.
The event, held in honor of the late Ken Owens, a Chatham High School graduate who died in a skydiving accident in 2009, featured a day of soccer between players of all ages, with teams vying for the championship and the opportunity to get their team name on the commemorative trophy. The event also raised money for a scholarship given to a local graduate with a passion for soccer. The 2019 scholarship recipient was Nauset's Jamison Rushnak.
While the game play certainly highlighted the skills of the competitors, the emphasis was on friendly rivalries and lots of fun. After a stunning National Anthem sung by Annaleigh Massey, during which a special American Flag was raised by members of the Owens family, games got under way on the two fields.
Players came from all parts of Cape Cod, as well as several off-Cape locales, including Arlington and New Jersey, to take part in the tournament.
As Ken's parents, Missy and Dan, mingled with friends, players, and folks stopping in to make donations, sister Adrian Bates kept the event running smoothly.
“She's really the heart and soul of this event,” said Missy, adding that much of the planning and execution of the jamboree is done each year by her daughter.
Throughout the day, as fog rolled in and back out above the field, teams with names like Sportsbuns, the Southerners, and iCup enjoyed some spirited soccer before the afternoon's playoffs. Going toe-to-toe for the championship were Sportsbuns and iCup, a team comprised of Nauset Regional High School soccer players, who called upon their skills from last season's state championship season to win the 2019 Kenny Kup.
For more photos from the 2019 Kenny Kup visit Kat Szmit's Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gloriousharbor/