On May 25th KPMG Georgia started the annual charitable soccer tournament in memory of its former employee David Mikeladze, who passed away in January 2010 in a car accident.
Organized by KPMG Georgia, this charitable sports event has become a tradition already and it has been held each summer since 2010. Each time 10 to 15 teams – Big 4 audit firms, a number of Universities and successful Georgian companies participate in this soccer tournament.
By collecting participation fees from each team, the tournament aims to raise funds to donate to the “David Mikeladze Fund for Future Scientists”, which was founded in 2010 by the Free University, where David graduated the Business Administration major. Although David Mikeladze was a Finance specialist, he was fond of science and as a child, wanted to become a scientist. So each year the “David Mikeladze Fund for Future Scientists” grants scholarships to successful students who lack the financial support to finance their studies.
The tournament will last one month and games will be held each weekend. The winning team receives the trophy – the cup in memory of David Mikeladze.
“This tournament has become an important tradition for KPMG and the rest of the participants, who very much enjoy gathering once a year, honoring the memory of our beloved friend and former colleague and making our modest contribution to the fund that supports bright students who very much need our support.” – says Zviad Aitsuradze, the KPMG employee who is in charge of organizing the tournament this year.
The opening match on May 25 was attended by Mr. Geno Mikeladze, the father of David, who is an active supporter of this tournament. With the opening words, he approached the participant teams and their supporters expressing deepest gratitude towards them for honoring David’s memory and supporting the fund that facilitates education and wellbeing of bright students at one of the leading universities in Georgia.