The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 7 is holding the Westchester “Wild Wing” soccer tournament Thanksgiving weekend, Friday through Sunday, November 27th through 30th.

“We expect over 2,500 attendees, 800 players and over 50 teams from as far away as Temple City to compete with our local Westside region teams,” tournament director Michael McDermott said. “There will be boys and girls teams ranging from eight to 13 years old, including the very special, AYSO VIP disability players.”

The tournament is being held to reward volunteers in AYSO Region 7 and other regions. Players are from the ranks of youth referees, VIP buddies (a group of youths that volunteer their time to help physically and mentally challenged youths), and the children of referees, coaches and other volunteers.

“It is an honor and a privilege to organize this tournament at our local Westchester fields,” says Cheryl Savitt, AYSO Region 7 regional commissioner. “We have invited AYSO teams from many different areas to join us for a Thanksgiving ‘Wild Wing’ tournament.”

The teams will compete in pool play over the three-day tournament.

AYSO Region 7, located in the Los Angeles International Airport area, is considered one of the oldest AYSO regions formed in the country, says an AYSO spokesperson. Region 7 includes the southern California coastal communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Inglewood and Ladera Heights.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend the days after a huge Thanksgiving family feast,” says Region 7 assistant regional commissioner Brian Jones. “We take our beach chairs to the fields and cheer as our children run around and work off that apple pie.”

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