The University of Central Arkansas will host the Amigo Cup, the state’s first Latino soccer championship, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9 at Farris Field.

The UCA Amigo Cup is the brainchild of Dr. Rebecca Gatlin-Watts, professor of marketing and management at UCA, and Manny Sepulveda, director of Hispanic markets for The Design Group, a multicultural communications firm based in Little Rock. The tournament was established to promote cultural exchange and to connect the Latino community with the educational opportunities available at UCA.

"This tournament is great for our community because UCA is showing that it cares about the future of Latinos by providing an opportunity for a college education," said Cesar Aguilar, director of the Northwest Arkansas soccer league. 

The tournament will also feature family activities including face painting and children’s games. UCA’s ROTC, in partnership with the National Guard, will also provide rock climbing activities for older children. Authentic, Hispanic food such as traditional tacos de chicharon, lengua, and carne asada, will be sold at the event, along with aqua fresca and tropical fruit cups.

The UCA Office of Admissions will also be conducting tours of the campus for those interested in applying for university admission.

"Higher education is the key to success in this country," said Sepulveda. "Latinos are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States. It’s imperative to educate the fastest growing population segment in our country to ensure the nation’s economic standing in today’s global markets."

For more information call Manny Sepulveda, event coordinator, at 501.492.4900 or via email at