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Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
5th Annual Continental Cup
John Carroll University
July 1-4, 2010

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission hosted its fifth annual Continental Cup, now known as Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival.

This year's event consisted of three sports:

  1. AC Milan Continental Cup (boys and girls soccer);
  2. Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup (boys baseball)
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers Continental Cup (boys and girls basketball).
There are plans next year to add Lacrosse.



Members of the Cleveland Cavaliers Dance Team, team mascots and others dance at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival

Slider and other mascots at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland



More than 3,500 athletes participated in the games representing twenty countries. In addition to the United States, (which had entries from Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Iowa and Pennsylvania) there were international teams from
  • Australia
  • Antigua& Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Cyprus
  • Dominican Republic
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Puerto Rico
  • Singapore
  • St. Lucia
  • United Kingdom



David Gilbert of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Master Sergeant Dana Tagliani of Ohio Air National Guard and Eddie Morrows, Director of Youth Programs of AC Milan welcome the young athletes

Stage at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio


Opening ceremonies rivaled the Olympic Games. As the teams marched in, carrying their flags and wearing their uniforms the excitement in the air could not be contained.

Instant friendships were being created with people from across the country and around the world - people who shared a common love and commitment to their sport.

Young athletes from Australia march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Young athletes from Australia


Young athletes from Barbados march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Barbados


Young athletes from Bermuda march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Bermuda


Young athletes from Brazil march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Brazil


Young athletes from Canada march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Canada


Young athletes from Colombia march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Colombia


Young athletes from Cyprus march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Cyprus


Young athletes from India march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

India


Young athletes from Kenya march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Kenya


Young athletes from Puerto Rico march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Puerto Rico


Young athletes from St Lucia march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

St. Lucia


Young athletes from United States march in to the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

United States




Parade of Athletes - Australia to Canada




Parade of Athletes - Colombia to United States (part 1)




Parade of Athletes - United States Part 2 and
the National Anthem


The ceremony took place at Don Shula Stadium at John Carroll University. The stadium seating capacity is forty-one hundred. The stands were full. Add to that the 3,500 athletes and the standing crowd and there were close to ten thousand on hand.

Don Shula Stadium the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland

Don Shula Stadium - the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland


It is estimated that $4 million dollars will be infused into the local economy as a result of these games.

Color guard at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Color Guard


Congratulations to the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission on another fine event, and to all of the athletes, their families and coaches. It is a remarkable experience and each participant should be proud.

Enjoy these photos from the Continental Cup

Girl with flag of Canada

Canada

Glowsticks were very popular

Glowsticks were very popular

Bermuda woman

Bermuda

Young athletes from Australia at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Australia

Young athletes from Barbados at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Barbados

Young athletes from Bermuda at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Bermuda

Young athletes from Bermuda at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Brazil at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Brazil

Burlington Force Girls at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Burlington (Vermont) Force

Young athletes from Canada at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Canada

Young athletes from Canada at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Canada at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Canada at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Canada at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young girl athletes from Ottawa Canada at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Richmond hill Canada at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Colombia at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Colombia

Young athletes from India at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

India

Young athletes from India at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from India at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Kenya at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Puerto Rico at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Puerto Rico

Young athletes from St Lucia at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

St Lucia

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - AC Premier

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - Claymores

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - Hitmen

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - Mentor Cardinals

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - Farmington Hills, Michigan

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - New York

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - Ohio Premier

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - Solon Strikers

Young athletes from US at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

US - Willoughby Wildcats

Young athletes at the 5th Annual Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio



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