Sons of Pitches FC and Soccer in the Streets are teaming up for the Champion The Youth Tournament, a seven- a side tournament. The main objective of the event is to raise funds to purchase tickets to an Atlanta United soccer game and provide cluster camps for the High School soccer teams from Washington High School, Carver High School, and Maynard Jackson High School soccer teams.
Soccer in the Streets currently runs free soccer programs in multiple elementary schools in Atlanta Public Schools that feed into the Washington High School and Carver High School clusters and were recently presented with the Community Service Partnership award at the 2017-2018 Atlanta Public Schools Coca-Cola Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony. A partnership that has been years in the making and continues to grow each year.
Soccer in the Streets is teaming up with Sons of Pitches to make this happen to continue to build the cultural soccer foundation and a pipeline from elementary to high school.
“We want to provide a game day experience to get the teens excited about soccer, engaged in supporting their city's professional team, as well as highlight the perseverance and hard work these kids have put in this season”, said Lauren Glancy, Soccer in the Streets’ Director. The end goal is to have the Washingtons, Carvers, and Maynards be competitive with the Gradys, North Atlanta, and Decatur's of the city in the next few years.
Sons of Pitches FC started from a rooftop soccer idea in metro Atlanta. Then evolved into the adult leagues, pick up soccer games, and social soccer events. As the company partners with community schools and organizations that offer free soccer programs for youth players, their mission is, “To make soccer accessible for the entire community by fostering a shared passion for the sport and providing dedicated active spaces for the game.”
As part of the Soccer in the Streets’ LifeWorks Program, the goal is to introduce the youth to new life experiences; and what better way to do that than attending a professional soccer game in their own backyard.
Chris Wedge, co-founder of SOPFC, says, “It’s the Champions March because that’s what these kids are. They may not have the trophy to prove it, but they have the grit of champions. With each loss, they get right back up and practice harder.”
On July 15th, these players will have the opportunity to march to the Mercedes Benz Stadium with the local supporter groups and really get a feel for the soccer climate in Atlanta.
-Champion the Youth 7 v 7 Tournament
- Washington High School,1002 Beckwith St SW Atlanta, GA 30314
- Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Atlanta United Game
Sunday, July 15th, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
ATL United vs Seattle Sounders
If you want to become a champion, sign up below!