Silver Lake and Los Feliz schools turn soccer match into a fundraiser

Photos by Michael Sandoval

The second annual Los Silver Lake Soccer Tournament on Saturday proved to be a cliff hanger, with the teams representing Franklin Avenue Elementary of Los Feliz and Silver Lake’s Ivanhoe Elementary tied at the 90-minute mark. After a double overtime, Franklin emerged victorious 3 to 1.  Despite Saturday’s score, both schools will end up winners since the parents’ association from both campuses will divide event proceeds equally, said. Stephanie Wolf-Hicks with the Friends of Ivanhoe. Click on the link for Wolf-Hicks summary of the game and fundraiser.

The game was a nail-biter, at the half, Ivanhoe Dragons were up1:0 from an early penalty kick in the box by Julian Farino. The Foxes equalized in 60th minute with a cross by Bobby Tannen that curled into left top corner of the net. At the 90th minute, the game was still tied. It went into double-overtime and Ivanhoe lost on penalty  kicks 3:1.
The event was a hit for all ages, neighbors and attendees alike enjoyed the King Kone & In N Out trucks and Whole Foods Glendale sponsored drinks. Kids had a dance party & soccer volleyball game at the half, and schools were selling swag, raffling off Tomato Pie and LA Galaxy prizes and after the game, soccer “rivals” toasted and broke bread at a well-attended fundraising after-party at Hyperion Public.  All event proceeds are split 50/50  by the friendly LAUSD rival parents’ associations, Friends of Franklin and Friends of Ivanhoe.
Related Link:
  • The Soccer Playing School Dads of Silver Lake. L.A. Mag


  1. Great story (even for those of us without kids)! Kudos to the organizers of this event!!

  2. great idea for a fundraiser. were any of the moms in teams?

    • Moms were presented on both sides! As coach/organizer for Franklin, I can definitely confirm we had three moms, and one, Cara was pregnant! (2nd trimester) And we hope to have moms next year! (need not be pregnant)

  3. It was a great time and I think most had fun. I can’t help but wonder if mixing the teams (Franklin & Ivanhoe parents together into two teams) wouldn’t go further in ultimately building community. I was fairly disappointed to see signs that kids made disparaging the other team but was also disappointed to see other kids ripping them down. It really wasn’t that friendly of a game. The article didn’t mention the fight that nearly happened on the field between a couple of players, kids in the stands screaming “Ivanhoe/Franklin Sucks” and other taunts.

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