Station Soccer is off to a great start in 2018, further validating the successes of 2017. This time last year, the first free trial adult soccer leagues were ending, and it was unclear if players would return for another paid season. Since then, over $50,000 has been raised for children in Atlanta through Station Soccer adult programming, including public and corporate leagues, adult pick-up, and private events and tournaments.
Vine City, located two miles to the west of Downtown Atlanta, is one of the many communities of metro Atlanta where Soccer in the Streets has planted its seeds. Vine City Thunder, the resulting product of Soccer in the Streets’ programming, is a multi-cultural team in the heart of the Westside, providing an outlet for kids around the area to fall in love with the beautiful game while shaping their personalities off the field. The sessions are a part of the Soccer in the Streets community-based programs. The seeds are germinating.
I am Branden Collins, a student at Georgia College. I grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia, and am currently studying Public Health and completing a four-month-long internship at Soccer in the Streets. I also played soccer at Emmanuel College for one year and four years at McIntosh high school.
Soccer in the Streets today announced ATL Nations Cup 2018, a charity soccer tournament leading up to the World Cup that celebrates the international diversity in Atlanta and the beautiful game that unites us. To participate, players raise funds in support of free youth programs for thousands of children in metro Atlanta.
With both School and Community programming, Soccer in the Streets is set to kick off its spring season the first week of March. This spring, Soccer in the Streets will be running after school soccer sessions at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), Dekalb County Schools and Marietta City Schools - ranging from grades third through sixth - as well as community programming at nine different locations in metro Atlanta.