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Food Bank is Beneficiary of Teen Soccer Tournament

New York, New York (April 9, 2004)  Some of New York's best teen soccer players will soon be showing off their athletic footwork as the 2004 Copa Coca-Cola, a U.S. soccer tournament for teens, kicks off its fourth year. Boys' and girls' teams will compete with hopes of winning not only the national championship, but also a trip to the International 2004 Copa Coca-Cola Championship finals in Portugal.

Local youth soccer teams, ages 13–15, from the New York metropolitan area have been invited to participate in this year's Copa Coca-Cola tournament, which will kick off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 and run through the afternoon of Sunday, April 18.

"Copa Coca-Cola will offer fun and exciting competition for community youth, families and fans and give these teen athletes the chance to win the experience of a lifetime," said Brian Wynne, Vice President and General Manager of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York.

The New York City winners will move on to compete for the national 2004 Copa Coca-Cola championship title, to be held in Los Angeles, California on June 5th and 6th. The International 2004 Copa Coca-Cola will be held June 14–22 in Portugal.

In addition, as part of this year's tournament, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York will support the four area food banks through a total donation of $7,500. The food banks to receive donations are Food Bank For New York City, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest.

Copa Coca-Cola local tournament competitions will be held this spring in communities across the nation, including Fresno, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Houston, Dallas, Washington DC, San Diego, San Jose, El Paso, Miami, and Boston.

Copa Coca-Cola originated in Mexico in 1998, establishing tournament play between teenage soccer teams from Mexico and South America. U.S. teams first participated in the tournament starting in 2001. To date, over 7,000 teams and 500,000 teens from the Americas and Europe have participated in the tournament.

Anna Shenk

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