Raising trophies and money, united for one goal

Posted at 7:10 PM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-03 21:14:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Hundreds of youth soccer teams came together in Salt Lake City this weekend for the 32nd Annual Mayor's Cup.

Every year the tournament chooses a foundation to help raise proceeds for through raffles, and side games.

"This is the most important year we've ever done," said Mayor's Cup Director Chelta Brown. This year the tournament chose to raise proceeds for COPS, Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization which helps provide resources to families of fallen officers.

"With everything that's going on in our nation, they need to know that we're behind them," Brown added. "When they put their life on the line for us, we are willing to support their families."

One of those families is that of Sergeant Derek Johnson, who lost his life three years ago during a routine traffic stop in Draper.

"My husband was killed on September 1st, 2013, and COPS was there for my family," said Shante Johnson, Sgt. Johnson's widow.  "This foundation's purpose is to rebuild the lives of officers' families.  It's our job and goal to be there the moment they fall, and to be there for the family so they know we are there and will never leave their side."

The tournament raised a thousand dollars before the opening kick.  The hope is to raise more than $4,000 before the weekend is over.