Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to benefit from international soccer tournament

Soccer World sporting goods specialty shop has chosen Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as a beneficiary of Soccer World Super Clasico (SWSC), the first major international soccer match to be held in Tennessee. Vanderbilt Children’s CEO, Jim Shmerling, joined representatives of Soccer World, the two participants, the LA Galaxy and the UAG Tecos, and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell Tuesday at the Coliseum to make the announcement.

The "Super Clasico" will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at the Nashville Coliseum. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. The kickoff is at 7 p.m.

"We are thrilled to be one of the beneficiaries of this important event," said Shmerling. "If you look at the families we serve, many are from countries where soccer is the national sport. An international event like this will be fun for many of the communities we serve who are already big fans of soccer and will be a great introduction for those who are new to the sport."

"Soccer World Super Clasico gives Middle Tennesseans their first and only opportunity to see these two highly skilled teams and their internationally known stars," said Soccer World co-owner Mark Weisman. "A ‘Super Clasico’ is a highly competitive match between two powerful teams. With the caliber of the Galaxy and Tecos, Soccer World Super Clasico will thrill anyone who is interested in our sport."

"Many people in the Nashville area are originally from our home state of Jalisco, and we believe they will show strong support for Soccer World Super Clasico." said Sergio Pacheco, Tecos team director..

A portion of Soccer World Super Clasico ticket proceeds will be given to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and ConexiÛn AmÈricas, a group that promotes the integration of Hispanic families into the Middle Tennessee community.

Tickets are available by logging on to, by calling Ticketmaster at (615) 255-9600, or by visiting Soccer World at 4666 Lebanon Road in Hermitage, any Kroger or The Coliseum ticket office.

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Contact: Carole Bartoo, 322-4747