In 2006 Benton County Health Department’s Health Promotion team established the 1st Annual Community Soccer Tournament and Family weekend event, later to be called “Campeones de Salud” (champions of health). Serving over 200 community members at the time, The 1st Annual Community Soccer Tournament brought together agencies geared towards health promotion and prevention issues in nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and specifically targeting Latino men’s health and prevention of the Corvallis community.
Now in 2015, the 10th annual Campeones de Salud Soccer Tournament and Family Weekend has developed to serve over 2000 community members over a three-day weekend. This drug-, tobacco- and alcohol-free community event –scheduled Aug. 28 through 30, 2015 at Willamette Park in Corvallis – includes adult team soccer competitions; children’s activities; a family bicycle ride; free dental services and health screenings; DJ entertainment; and an awards ceremony.
What began as a small community soccer tournament and health resource expo has become a monumental event, where community members can have fun, be physically active, be involved and engage in community initiatives, and learn and grow to become champions of health!