The largest high school soccer tournament in Florida is underway in Lake County, but it's being played under a new name this year to honor a prominent member of the community.
- Largest soccer tournament in Tavares is underway
- The tournament is now named after Mike Stone
- Stone died in July after a battle with liver cancer
The tournament, which is in its 21st year, was once called the Hickory Point Invitational. It's now named after Mike Stone, who died in July after a five-week battle with liver cancer.
Stone's wife, Kathy, is a three-time cancer survivor and said their children played in the tournament. Mike Stone took over the tournament several years ago.
"He started working on getting funding for the fields, added on several fields, got the concession stand and pavilion built," Kathy Stone said. "(He) just loved it and it was one of his favorite things to do."
Kathy said her late husband also decided to donate all tournament proceeds to the For Kids' Sake Foundation, which helps fight childhood cancer.
Lake County commissioners also renamed the soccer fields where the tournament is played to the Mike Stone Soccer Complex at Hickory Point Park.