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Business Community Steps Up and Out in Support of STEM Education

September 08 2014 - 9:24 am

News Release
For Immediate Release

September 9, 2014

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Tami Goetz, STEM Action Center Executive Director

Business Community Steps Up and Out in Support of STEM Education
Soccer tournament aims to benefit science, technology, engineering and math programs

Salt Lake City, UTAH — The STEM Action Center, with help from Goldman Sachs, the Utah Technology Council, Comcast and Real Salt Lake are hosting a STEM Utah Corporate Soccer Tournament, September 22 from 2 p.m.-4p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium, in a joint effort to support marketing the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to Utah’s school population.

“We think it is critically important that our kids are inspired and motivated to learn about math and science, and everyone at Goldman Sachs is excited to be partnering with Utah’s government and community leaders to help organize the inaugural STEM Utah Corporate Soccer Tournament,” said David Lang, managing director and head of Goldman Sachs’ Salt Lake City operations. “We are so happy that Real Salt Lake agreed to participate and host the event on their field, and challenge others to join in this fun event to raise awareness around STEM education.”

This fun and team building event will allow a company or group of individuals who have formed a team to play on the Rio Tinto Stadium soccer field. Sponsors will be hosting co-ed teams of 5 players in 20 minute games on a reduced field, round-robin style.

Proceeds will benefit the STEM Action Center whose goal is to support STEM education.  The STEM Action Center is working every day to provide training for our teachers and opportunities for our students which increase the number of young men and women who choose early in their education to prepare for a career in one of the many STEM related careers.

Companies interested in supporting STEM education in Utah should become a tournament sponsor. Various sponsorship levels are available, from less than $500 to be an event supporter with space for a company banner behind a goal, to an event sponsor level at $7,000 with marketing space, event organization input and up to three tournament soccer teams representing the company. A jersey signed by the Real Salt Lake players will be given to the winning team.

Companies who would like to participate may register at For more information on the STEM campaign,


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or