ATLANTA, GA. – Soccer in the Streets has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. DONATE HERE. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season, and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
Soccer in the Streets joins the global #GivingTuesday initiative in order to mobilize its supporters, providing an outlet where they can share their experience with the social impact soccer organization, generating awareness and increasing donations towards community –based youth programming such as ‘Station Soccer’, the first soccer field in the world inside the perimeter of a transit system. All donations will benefit Soccer in the Streets' free youth programming in 31 public schools and 13 community programs; providing social change and education in underserved communities through the beautiful game. Since 2016, Soccer in the Streets has impacted over 9,000 kids, all while launching the first Homeless Youth Soccer Program of the Atlanta metro area.
“#GivingTuesday is a great opportunity to reach even more individuals with a keen sense of social responsibility” said Soccer in the Streets Executive Director, Phil Hill. “The collective power is so impactful, and we are calling both old and new supporters to donate to our organization so we can reach even more kids in low income communities. Join us on our Social Impact Soccer movement!”
92Y, a cultural center in New York City, since 1874 has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Since 1989, Soccer in the Streets provides access and opportunities to disadvantaged children in urban neighborhoods. Using soccer as the medium, the non-profit has instilled healthy lifestyle choices to thousands of children. The organization centers its holistic programs on character development, life skills, and employability improvement. Since its establishment, the non-profit ensures all children have a chance to succeed both on and off the field, pursuing inclusion and diversity in every community where it has a presence.