Nolan Shawl is a 5th grader at St. Gabriel Elementary School in Connersville, IN. He started playing soccer when he was 3 for Connersville Parks and Rec. His love of soccer started here and from here it grew to a passion. Nolan currently plays club soccer for Total Futbol Academy as a U11 and plays 3v3 soccer with Cincinnati Mantis V where he has played for the past 3 years in the Disney 3v3 Nationals. Through his love of playing soccer, his fascination with Super Heroes, and his desire to be play soccer in college and study mechanical engineering, Nolan learned about the University of Central Florida School of Engineering and their non-profit called Limbitless Solutions. Limbitless Solutions is made up of engineering and art students at UCF who make and design 3d printed arms for children without limbs at no cost to the parents. When Nolan learned about UCF and Limbitless Solutions, he decided he wanted to help them in their goal to help kids using art and engineering. Nolan has since raised over $1,500 in the past two years and has taken his donations to UCF/Limbitless Solutions each January when he goes to play in the Disney 3v3 Nationals.
Nolan Kicks 4 Causes 3v3 Summer Blast tournament is a non-sanctioned 3v3 soccer tournament open to all players of all ability levels. Age groups for this year's tournament are U10 (2007/08 birth year), U12 (2005/06 birth year), U14 (2003/04 birth year), High School (U16 - U19) and adult. Teams cannot have players born 2009 or later. Players can play up one division, but cannot play down. Tournament committee reserves the right to combine age groups if needed. Coed teams are welcome with any combination of girls and boys. Even if you have all boy or all girl team, they will play in the same division for their respective age group unless there are at least 4 teams of all girl or all boy teams for their respective age group. Remember this is a non-sanctioned tournament and is just for fun to help Nolan raise money for his favorite cause- Limbitless Solutions. Nolan hopes to make this tournament a yearly event. To sign up go to: www.nolankicks4causes.com or call Darrell Shawl, Tournament Director, at 765-338-6442.