The Interns' Corner

The Interns' Corner

I am Nicolas Mejia, a student from Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and an intern for Soccer in the Streets. Soccer in the Streets is a local Atlanta organization that uses soccer to help teens, within the Atlanta community, who are refugees due to social issues in their home countries. Our motto is “Play. Grow. Work. Succeed.”

Urban Soccer: a segue-way for equal access

For years, soccer in the USA has been a predominantly middle/upper class suburban sport played by children. Up until the turn of the century, soccer was played by hundreds of thousands of children nationwide, but had yet to be considered a mainstream adult sport. Children involved with the ‘Jogo Bonito’ came from families with enough resources, affording them access to quality facilities and coaching.

Looking back, leaping forward

Looking back, leaping forward

By all accounts, 2016 was a breakout year for Soccer in the Streets.

From our young leaders representing our work on a world stage in Lyon, France; to inaugurating the world’s first mini soccer field in a transit station. It was a quantum leap from the humble beginnings of those first clinics, bringing the world’s game to inner city Atlanta neighborhoods 27 years ago.