The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Shades of Africa have partnered together for their first Multicultural Soccer Tournament on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at the campus intramural field.

The tournament aligns with the mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ to create a culturally diverse community on campus by embracing all students regardless of ethnicity, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. Tedra Bennett, an assistant in the office described their role as “a binding agent for all the students” through planning various cultural programs.

“We wanted the inclusion of more diversity and exposure of the student population to more cultures so we decided that a soccer tournament would be a fun way to achieve that,” said Emmanuel Ajomo, President of Shades of Africa. “We saw that more international students are beginning to enjoy soccer, so we thought it necessary to come together through the sport.”

Registration forms for the event have already been distributed to campus organizations. Groups of at least 11 players can sign-up for the tournament, which is open to both male and female students, by submitting one of these forms to the Office of Multicultural Affairs by Sept. 20. Your affiliated club or organization, number of expected players, an email address and telephone number for contact must be specified on the form.

Each player will be required to have shin guards and cleats in order to play. Refreshments will also be available for purchase for the duration of the tournament.

For more information on the soccer tournament and other upcoming events, visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs online at or in person at their new location on the first floor of Lucille Clement Hall, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Interested parties can also call the office at 423-439-5377.