Thanks to the first grant awarded by the Atlanta United Foundation, Soccer in the Streets is scoring big with their transit meets ‘fútbol fusion.’ Executive Director, Phil Hill, kicked us over some knowledge on their goals and what’s next for Atlanta’s soccer revolution.
At times, the story of Jose Leandro Andrade sounds semi-fictional, and there is a good chance that aspects of it are. Far from diminishing his incredible legacy, however, the uncertainty over what did and did not take place serves to strengthen the intrigue surrounding one of football's first truly global stars.
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.”
Digital assets - 'Station Soccer'
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.
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.
STATE OF THE ORGANIZATION ADDRESS
Beginning this New Year, we wanted to reach out to all of you: we are only able to expand our services and grow as an organization thanks to your support! Before giving you an insight into our way ahead, let’s briefly put into perspective the amazing year that just ended. 2016 was quite the ride!