Tallahassee, FL – The Giovanni Vitrano Foundation proudly hosted the 2023 Gio Cup, a preseason soccer tournament that ended dramatically, with Lincoln claiming the Girls’ Cup and Maclay securing the Boys’ Championship. The event, filled with enthusiastic crowds and competitive soccer action, raised over $4,000 in college scholarships for local soccer players.

Girls’ Cup Finale:
Lincoln emerged victorious in the Girls’ Cup after a nail-biting penalty shootout against Chiles, securing the win with a 3-2 score on penalties. Both teams ended the round-robin matches on an equal footing with 4 points, setting the stage for a tense finale decided from the spot.

Boys’ Championship Triumph:
In the Boys’ Championship, Maclay showcased their prowess with a solid 3-1 victory over Leon, lifting the trophy amidst cheers from the fans. The 3rd place match saw Lincoln edge out Chiles, adding to the day’s competitive spirit.

As the regular season beckons, we wish all teams the best of luck and commend their spirited efforts that made the 2023 Gio Cup a memorable event.

Scholarship Applications Now Open:
In conjunction with the soccer festivities, The Giovanni Vitrano Foundation is excited to announce that applications for college scholarships are now open. Student-athletes from the Tallahassee area and neighboring counties in Florida and Georgia are invited to apply at www.gvscholarship.org/apply until January 31, 2024. $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the Class of ’24, including a $6,000 first prize and two runners-up for $2,000 each.

Eligible students must have a 3.2 GPA or higher and have played soccer at the Varsity High School or equivalent club level.

The Giovanni Vitrano Foundation seeks candidates who demonstrate drive, leadership, resilience, community engagement, and academic achievement. With these scholarships, the Foundation continues its commitment to support the educational aspirations of student-athletes who have made an impact both on the field and in their communities.

About The Giovanni Vitrano Foundation:
The Giovanni Vitrano Foundation is dedicated to keeping Gio’s legacy alive by providing opportunities and support to young soccer players. Through scholarships and community initiatives, the Foundation invests in the future leaders of tomorrow and celebrates the spirit of the beautiful game that brought joy to Giovanni’s life.

For more information about the Gio Cup or the scholarship program, please get in touch with us at [email protected].