Athletes from around the country will snack on South African oranges this week at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.

South African citrus scores at youth soccer championships

Courtesy Western Cape Producers Forum

Alida Stone, right, wife of Gerald Stone, a director of the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum, hands out oranges to fans at the 2010 National Youth Soccer Championships, held the week of July 19 in Overland Park, Kan.

The July 20-25 tournament in Overland Park, Kan., tapped the Citrusdal, South Africa-based Western Cape Citrus Producers’ Forum as its exclusive fresh fruit sponsor, according to a forum news release.

It’s the second year in a row South African citrus growers have sponsored the tournament, which will feature 60 teams competing for national championships in several boys and girls age groups.