This isn’t your average community. And it certainly isn’t your average club soccer team.
Clarkston is located in Metro Atlanta and it has been referred to as, “the most diverse square mile in America,” by Time Magazine. In the time Soccer in the Streets has been around, Clarkston has welcomed more than 40,000 refugees from over fifty countries around the world.
Clarkston FC is a boys team that’s part of Soccer in the Streets’ Community Program at the Clarkston Community Center. The players range from 16 to 18 years old, and they have an incredible opportunity to represent our state this summer. But we need your support to make it happen.
Soccer in the Streets needs your help to raise $15,000 to send Clarkston FC on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Regionals in South Carolina. Please kick in what you can to help us reach our goal by June 8th.
Last fall, Clarkston went undefeated to claim the State Division II Championship, earning a berth to compete at the highest level in their division. But unlike other high-priced soccer clubs, these kids do not have the same luxuries when it comes to funding their team’s meals, transportation and lodging options. That’s where you come in.
Partnering with local soccer podcasts and supporters in Atlanta, we’re bringing people together to make a real difference by raising the funds needed to send this team on a life-changing experience that will help shape them for years to come. And you can help in a meaningful way right now.
Please donate to help us cover costs for transportation, hotel rooms, and meals for our Clarkston team so they can go on the trip to Regionals they’ve earned through hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
Every dollar you contribute will help us cover all of the meals for every player, transportation to South Carolina, and hotel rooms for the kids. You can see a complete breakdown of our costs at the bottom of this page.
Facing adversity is nothing new for these players. Due to the political and social climate in their respective countries, most of the Clarkston FC players arrived in the United States after receiving refugee status. These teenagers and their families experienced a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.
Coach Abdul reminds us that their challenges didn’t stop when they arrived in the United States.
“Arriving in a country where you have no friends, the language is different, the food is different, and the way of life is different. These are some challenges these kids face, said Coach Abdul. “Thankfully, through soccer, we all speak and understand the same language which is kicking a soccer ball.”
Please contribute what you can and share this story with your colleagues, family & friends to help spread the word. Together we can generate enough support #ForTheKids to make their dream of representing their community and state at the highest level a reality.
BREAKDOWN OF COSTS:
Rooms: 10 rooms x $150/night x 5 days = $7,500
Food & drinks (estimate): $30/day/person. Maximum $30/day x 24 people x 5 days = $3,600
Van Rental: Estimated at $1,500
Coach Fees: $600 each = $1,200
Gas, Parking fees, laundry, misc = $1,000
Total Estimate: $14,800