The Westside community of Atlanta came together for the “Day of Sport” on September 29th held at the Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The event was staged by the Laureus USA Foundation a nonprofit organization that shares the vision of sport as a force for positive change. Hundreds of kids from the Westside participated in a wide variety of sporting activities from lacrosse to golf and of course soccer.
On Sunday, October 7th, Soccer in the Streets held the Black Tie Soccer Game 2018 presented by Creature Comforts. Soccer in the Streets’ end of year gala hosted family and friends. Instead of the standard banquet dinner, the participants dressed up and play soccer to raise money in support of social impact soccer initiatives benefiting thousands of underserved children in the metro Atlanta area.
Just over a year ago, while sitting at home in Richmond, VA, Garrick Dawson was browsing the web when an article caught his attention. The article was titled, “World’s First Transit Station Soccer Field”. He then shared the story on Facebook, not knowing anything about the non-profit organization, Soccer in the Streets. That was until six months ago when he called the Director of Programs, Lauren Glancy, to get a better understanding of what Soccer in the Streets was all about. A week later, he was packing a U-haul in Richmond to move to Atlanta and start his new position with Soccer in the Streets as the School Program Manager. Coincidence? Maybe. Some would call it fate.
Jorge Ortiz previously coached for Soccer in the Streets in the Underwood Hills community during his time in graduate school at Georgia State University where he studied sports administration. Upon finishing school, he joined Soccer in the Streets as a new Community Program Manager. Making soccer available to everyone is what drew him to Soccer in the Streets.
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.