Marc J. Small was a Lower Providence resident and played soccer throughout his youth for Methacton United Soccer Club and Methacton High School. Marc was a Special Forces Medical Sergeant serving with the United States Army in Afghanistan. On February 12, 2009, Marc was killed in action in service to our grateful nation.
Marc became a medic with the Army’s Special Forces to care for his comrades in arms, as well as some of the poorest, most oppressed people on earth. As evidence to his intelligence, motivation, and courage, Marc quickly rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, learned the invaluable skills necessary to care for soldiers and civilians, and earned the coveted “Green Beret.” Marc had only been in Afghanistan for 3 weeks when he was killed, but during that time, he treated 40 patients per day and built important relationships with the local people and children.
To honor Marc’s memory, Methacton United Soccer Club sponsors the annual Marc J. Small Memorial Soccer Tournament. This small-sided soccer tournament focuses on elements that were an important part of Marc’s personality and life: strength, bravery, and character.
All proceeds from the tournament fund two $3000 Marc J. Small Memorial Scholarships awarded annually to a male and a female senior from the Methacton High School soccer teams who have played for Methacton United.
Rather than reward solely academic success, these scholarships are awarded based on the traits that Marc most personified: strength, bravery, and character. After a rigorous evaluation of written applications, coaches recommendations, and personal references, Marc's family felt that Michael and Kelly best embodied these ideals.
Michael and Kelly will each receive $3,000 scholarships to apply toward their higher education goals, a plaque honoring their achievement, and their names are engraved on the perpetual award displayed at Methacton High School. To date, Methacton United Soccer Club has awarded $40,000 in scholarships in Marc's name.
|Date||June 2, 2017|
|Time||8 AM to 4 PM|
|Location||Heebner Park: 3115 Heebner Rd, Worcester|
|Format||3v3 with 5-6 person teams|
|Ages||Pee Wee (Fruit Cup!!) to Adult|
|NOTE: Participation in the tournament is included FREE as part of the Pee Wees, Juniors, and Intramural programs, so save the date!|
As with every event this size, many, many volunteers are needed to take this event from the planning stages, through setup and the tournament day, and finally for tear down. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking for volunteers to join the tournament committee. There are several roles avaialble, the time commitment is minimal, and the reward is large. If interested, please email our Tournament Director, Denise Walsh, at email@example.com.
Interested in being a sponsor? We rely on the generosity of many companies and small businesses for donations and sponsorships to help defray tournament expenses and fund the annual scholarships. Please see this flyer for more information on becoming a sponsor.