By Phil Davis/Gloucester County Times
GLASSBORO — With the Philadelphia Union’s help, Glassboro’s Summerfest brought out family and friends for a afternoon of summer fun on Saturday.
Stationed right outside Rowan Boulevard, the festival brought in a large crowd as the Philadelphia Union brought their Soccer Mobile Tour, giving kids a chance to try the sport for themselves.
Testing their soccer skills, kids and adults alike got a chance to show off their accuracy at the PPL Soccer Kick and Toyota Inflatable Field where they played simulated soccer games just like the pros.
According to Vishal Kumar, an intern for the Union’s marketing team, the Mobile Tour has been all over southern New Jersey, trying to create some buzz about Philadelphia’s newest sports team.
And for Eric Malumed, being part of the team and informing people about the soccer team is what events like Glassboro’s Summerfest are made for.
“A lot of people don’t know about the team,” said Malumed. “So, it’s mostly to spread the word about the union.”
But while their involvement is about promoting the team, they still have fun entertaining the kids and becoming part of the community environment.
“They always have way too much energy,” said fellow intern Samantha Lubey about the kids that show up to play soccer. “But they still always have fun.”
The Summerfest was also a place to show off some local vendors and stores as places like Landmark Americana and Bomb Bomb’s BBQ Grill showed off some of their local cuisine as they enjoyed live music.
A new upstart business, Green Zebra, looks to add a bit of healthy flavor to Glassboro’s local restaurants and was out to promote their new business focused on vegetarian and healthy alternatives to pizza and burgers.
The business is run by Corey and Jen Meeks, both lifetime Glassboro residents. They say plan to open up their new store in the Whitney Center on Rowan Boulevard by September.
For Corey Meeks, now 32, seeing the Glassboro community grow into something as large as the Rowan Boulevard project and Glassboro Marketplace is a treat for local residents like him and his wife.
“We’ve always hoped for something like this,” said Corey. “It’s just kind of cool to see this out here in the summer.”