Cool Springs Hosts Soccer’s Prestigious Winter Showcase
Century United, the region’s most prestigious soccer club, will host the mid-winter College Soccer Showcase at Cool Springs during two weekends in the month of February. The area’s most elite youth soccer players will display their skills for an impressive crowd in hopes of landing more than mere bragging rights, but a future career in the sport. This is the second year in a row that Century United and Cool Springs have come together to create a powerhouse experience for the players, the parents and the coaches and only the beginning of an expanding program for both the facility and the organization.
Last weekend Cool Springs provided a home to Century United’s Boys Winter Showcase, featuring some of the top boys soccer clubs on the East Coast and from the Midwest. Providing an ideal stage inside the 169,000-square foot complex which houses a full 11 v 11 field, Cool Springs and Century United put on an amazing competition for more than 70 college coaches from more than six dozen schools. Thanks to successful leaders Larry Fingers, Pat Vereb and Mike Blatz the Winter Showcase has gained success beyond any of their wildest dreams. In attendance for last weekend’s event, everyone was truly amazed at the level of play, size of the crowd and the overwhelmingly positive community feeling that lingered in the air.
This weekend the team and the facility will recreate the energy to host the Girls Winter Showcase with the same feverish enthusiasm. Coaches and teams from around the region will again come to enjoy the competition and the amenities. In addition to hosting prestigious clubs, like Century United, Cool Springs now offers in-house youth and adult leagues for all ages and skill levels, starting as young as 3 years old. Soccer, t-ball, flag football, volleyball and more are offered year-round in the recently expanded and renovated indoor complex.
At the helm of Cool Springs Sports Leagues are former i9 Sports Directors Steve Bonenberger and Evan Siddall. After over ten years of success in the youth sports market, the two innovators were approached by Cool Springs Owner, Brian Shanahan, to create a unique league experience for the South Hills region with Cool Springs as the host. In partnership with local leaders, clubs and townships, Cool Springs also offers a year-round climate-controlled training facility, camps, clinics and more in support of the community leagues already in place.
“It is our goal to support the community and townships in any way possible. These local programs transform athletes and teach skills that go beyond the field. We hope to be the answer to players and schools looking to offer additional programming and facilities in support of their existing programs. Our partnership with Century United is truly inspirational and is what drives us to be better coaches and leaders on and off the field,” says Cool Springs Sports Leagues Director Steve Bonenberger.
Founded on family values in 1977, Cool Springs has not only become a member of the community, but a part of family tradition for generations of patrons in the South Hills. With the partnership of clubs like Century United, Cool Springs plans to grow with a new generation of sports enthusiasts for years to come.