Opportunity knocked for the Soccer in the Streets Lifeworks youth program in July. With the MLS All-Star Game being staged in Atlanta, there was a need for volunteers to operate the many planned events throughout the city. It was an opportunity that the program – and teens – couldn’t pass up.
Working with MLS employees and Striking Marketing, the Soccer in the Streets teens were given the opportunity to officiate the celebrity soccer games, work the event booths getting waivers signed or giving out All-Star swag, as well as working the large crowds and part of the mobile marketing team.
Two brand new FieldTurf pitches. And, LED lights, lighting so that games and players can go long into the night.
Soccer in the Streets is the engine behind the second field installation adjacent to a MARTA station -- the first field opened at the Five Points station in October 2016. The concept is to enable urban youngsters (ages 6 to 18) to play on the 99-by-66 foot artificial turf fields free of charge, with fees from players in adult leagues partly financing the project.
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.
To commemorate Black History Month, Soccer in the Streets’ spotlight introduces Toussaint McClure, Community Program Manager. Toussaint has been with Soccer in the Streets for nine months now, leaving his footprint both on and off the field