Navigant’s San Francisco office participated in the America SCORES coed charity soccer tournament on June 10, 2017.

Proceeds from this day-long soccer cup help America SCORES provide afterschool soccer and poetry programs for over 1,500 youth at more than 50 Bay Area public schools. A total of $120,000 was raised for America SCORES youth programs from the tournament alone.

The San Francisco office became involved with the charity partly through Bernard Ong, a managing consultant for Navigant’s global construction practice, who volunteers with America SCORES’ elementary school soccer program as a referee. Bernard first heard about the tournament through his volunteer work, but he became actively interested after a representative from America SCORES reached out to him based on the Navigant New York office’s participation in the New York version of the tournament the previous year. After speaking with the representative, Bernard began to put a team together.

“We also signed up for a league prior to the tournament to practice,” said Bernard. “The group was interested because we thought it would be a fun cross-practice event, since practices are quite segregated in the San Francisco office. We have been actively promoting cross-practice collaboration here, especially via the San Francisco young professionals employee resource group.”

Teams in the tournament were split into four brackets based on play during group stages. Each bracket was then placed into a separate playoff. The Navigant team was placed in the second bracket and wound up winning two playoff games before losing in the final.