Soccer tournament held in honor of Tyler Smith
GALESBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than 30 West Michigan soccer teams are taking part in a tournament in honor of Tyler Smith at the River Oakes Soccer Complex in Galesburg.
The Mattawan High School soccer player was one of the six victims killed in the 2016 Kalamazoo shooting tragedy.
Tyler smith was a passionate soccer player and played with several travel soccer clubs. Laurie Smith, his mother, said this tournament is meant to be a celebration of Tyler's life and love of soccer
Laurie said, “I normally would be here because of Tyler. That part is difficult. I'm just so pleased how everything turned out. The number of teams of signed up, the spectators. It's amazing.”
About 320 players took part in this non-competitive tournament in Tyler's memory.
The Dan Bulley Soccer School and the ForeverStrong Foundation joined forces to organize the event.
32 U9 through U16 teams played on Saturday.
Dan Bulley, Dan Bulley Soccer School, said, “Just to see the kids look up to Tyler and play in his honor has just been amazing.”
Awards were handed out, but every single player was given a medal with Tyler's face on it.
Proceeds from the tournament will largely benefit the ForeverStrong Foundation.
Adult teams will play each other on Sunday, including many of Tyler's old teammates.