Buffalo Soccer Club was founded by Stephen M. Kiernan I in 2007 with hopes to provide a safe haven to children living in the City of Buffalo. The club offers children, ages 4-14, the opportunity to enhance their lives through sports and educational experiences, utilizing sports as a platform to encourage youth and family development in a safe environment by focusing on healthy life choices, the development of athletic identity, and positive behavior changes--specifically an increase in self-discipline, personal responsibility, and respect for self and others.
Since 2007, hundreds of children have been able to participate in the Buffalo Soccer Club as a result of Steve’s drive to make difference in children’s lives. Steve, former CEO of Algonquin Studios, fought for funding to support the club. He often paid for necessities out of his own pocket to keep the club alive. Steve also was exceedingly generous to the Hamburg Monarchs Soccer Club and, with a desire to honor the man who made so much possible, leadership from the two clubs have joined forces to establish a soccer festival in his memory.
The 2013 Kiernan Soccer Festival is planned as a house league soccer festival in which each 2013 Outdoor House League Recreational team will have the opportunity to play multiple games. Each club will have the opportunity to play against one another and teams will also participate in games against other teams within their own club. The festival is designed around the spirit of the game, teamwork and sportsmanship, allowing the players to perform to the best of their ability.
According to Anna-Lesa Calvert, Executive Director of Algonquin Sports for Kids, "Steve Kiernan was a great supporter of both Buffalo Soccer Club and the Hamburg Soccer Club and we truly feel that the opportunity for our players to play in a fun, safe environment is an ideal way to honor his legacy."
Kris Eckert, Director of Coaching for the Hamburg Monarchs, shares her enthusiasm for the event, “We're very excited to host an event where the Hamburg Monarchs and Buffalo Soccer Club can play side-by-side. And we're honored to name this event after a man who helped both clubs offer the opportunity for hundreds of children to play throughout the year!”
The event will take place June 22nd, 2013, from 9am-3pm at the Hamburg Nike Base in Hamburg, NY. A barbecue dinner from BW Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue will also be held that day, with proceeds benefiting the Buffalo Soccer Club.
For more information about the Festival, please email Coach Tex or call the office at 716-408-8738.