The 2023 Sylvester Cup is scheduled for September 12, 2023.
The annual event will feature Washburn vs. Southwest games honoring John Sylvester, beloved Minneapolis soccer coach, and Hallie Brown, Southwest player coached by John. Halftime announcements at both games of 2023 Scholarship Recipients.
John “Sly” Sylvester (Washburn ’91) dedicated his adult life to helping others. He played for the Minnesota Thunder in the late nineties, worked in the Minneapolis Public Schools (including a stint as the Washburn girls varsity coach), Harvest African-centered Prep School in North Minneapolis, and as the girl’s coaching director for the Minneapolis United Soccer Club. At the 2016 Sylvester Cup, John was inducted into the Washburn Millers Athletic Hall of Fame.
John died on June 16, 2017, after a long battle with ALS. The annual Sylvester Cup matches between Washburn and Southwest honor John Sylvester’s legacy and contributions to Minnesota soccer.
Hallie, a Southwest High School soccer player who began playing soccer when she was 5 years old, trained with John and loved having him as her winter training coach at Minneapolis United. She learned from him that you can work hard and have fun on the field. Hallie loved soccer, music, dancing and her family and friends. Her positive, infectious and fighting attitude carried her on the soccer field and in her journey with cancer. Her love of the game and zest for life was shared by all who knew her. Hallie died in April of 2013 but her spirit and memory stay strong.
Donate to the John Sylvester Scholarship Fund
Donations to the John Sylvester Scholarship Fund provide educational scholarships to graduating seniors who play soccer. Online donations can be made HERE.
Donate via Venmo: @WashburnGirls-Soccer / put Sylvester Cup in the note
Make a check to Washburn Foundation, Sylvester Scholarship in memo line. More info about the Washburn Foundation: HERE