A summer Tuesday afternoon practice turned into a surprise experience for the West End community youth players. Starting practice with very few details, coach Joel Apudo led the community team through their normal paces. However, waiting in the wings was Michael Parkhurst, the captain of MLS side Atlanta United, who would join training on the StationSoccer-West End pitches and announce to the youth players that they will be attending the team’s August 11th match. This incredible experience would have never been possible without the generosity of Georgia Power and Atlanta United.
Soccer in the Streets had the honor of hosting the Leeds Beckett University Volunteer Program as they visited our youth programs this summer. Since 2016, the volunteer program has worked with our organization and has created something special. The program volunteers strive to be leaders and impact the community. For them, working with Soccer in the Streets has allowed them to have a second family in the United States.
Professional soccer player Julian Gressel is excited to announce Mercedes-Benz, Piedmont Hospital, and PGA Tour Superstore as sponsors of his inaugural Gresselmania Golf Classic to be held Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. The Gresselmania Golf Classic, created by Gressel and his wife, Casey, will raise funds for Soccer in the Streets to build a field at a new StationSoccer location Atlanta for kids who don’t have access and transportation to play soccer.
Dreams became a reality for two Clarkston FC players this summer. Elvis and Phil of the Clarkston FC U19 Boys team found out they both will be attending Campbellsville University in the Fall of 2020. After being a part of the in the Soccer in the Streets (SITS) program for over seven years, these two athletes have fulfilled a goal they set years ago as youngsters.
Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead announced today that it has partnered with Footie Mob, an Atlanta United FC recognized supporters group, to provide two Mercedes-Benz vans for Soccer in the Streets, a non-profit organization that empowers underserved youth through sports-based training, character development, mentoring, and employability programs. The Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead vans will be available to Soccer in the Streets at no cost and on an as-needed basis.
Atlanta soccer fans, get ready to hit the fairways this fall for the first annual Gresselmania Golf Classic, hosted by Atlanta's own, Julian Gressel. The Gresselmania Golf Classic will take place Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. The Gresselmania Golf Classic, created by Gressel and his wife, Casey, will raise funds for Soccer in the Streets to build a new StationSoccer in downtown Atlanta for kids to have access (and transportation) to play soccer.
Impact Day is defined as a day for collaborating with an outside organization and giving back to the community. A group of more than 50 Deloitte employees spent their 2019 Impact Day helping to improve our Clarkston FC facilities and teaching our youth how to prepare for a successful job interview.
Deloitte, a consulting company that works with many of the world’s most admired brands, has been involved with Soccer in the Streets for two years as the top fundraiser for the Corporate Cup.
ATLANTA (May 7, 2019) - The 4th annual Soccer in the Streets ATL Nations Cup event was held on Sunday, April 28th at Grady High School and the reigning champions the United Kingdom won the soccer side of the tournament. Germany came in as the fundraising champion to support youth players in Atlanta.
The City of East Point today announced an official collaboration with Soccer in the Streets to create the third StationSoccer™ location. It will be built across the street from the East Point MARTA station at 2848 East Main Street and expands the world's first network of soccer fields inside and surrounding major transit stations. Officially named StationSoccer - East Point, the third location of this innovative project will see construction commence on April 11th, with an unveiling to the community within the next month.
February 6, 2019, marked the 33rd annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports. The theme for this year’s NWGSD was “Lead Her Forward”. This phrase represents the confidence, strength and empowerment that women need to become leaders in sport.
Nearly 1 million people in Haiti are amputees or have disabilities. Dealing with severe poverty and joblessness, these individuals experience the worst living conditions. The Haitian Amputee National Team visited StationSoccer - Five Points and StationSoccer - West End to commemorate the UN Day for Persons with Disabilities.
In today’s world, the job market continues to tighten. And that tightening means that there are fewer opportunities for jobs for teenagers.
But there is a solution for Soccer in the Streets teenagers that keep them close to the game by teaching them to officiate. What better way to use their knowledge of the sport, learn life skills and make a few dollars from game fees?
The growth of Soccer in the Streets programming continues and with it grows the need for certified officials – right down to the youngest levels of participation and small-sided matches. Thus, the program has taken root from the Clarkston refugee program to the College Park community program and to date, 38 young adults have been screened, trained and are now certified US Soccer referees.
StationSoccer celebrated its two year anniversary on October 27th! Since the grand opening of Five Points in 2016 StationSoccer has seen thousands of visitors both players and spectators from across the world. It has also been covered by multiple media outlets and won local, national and global awards for soccer, design and innovation.
On October 7th, Soccer in the Streets presented the Community Champion Award and Napolitano Award at end of year gala, Black Tie 2018 soccer game to Joel Apudo and Ehlahd Israel. These two award-winning leaders are dedicated to building and teaching the beautiful game. These dedicated leaders work to empower the lives of the youth in the program and in the metro Atlanta communities they serve.
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.
Black Tie Soccer Game 2018 photos presented by Creature Comforts and Soccer in the Streets at the StationSoccer- West End Fields! Thanks to Dave Williams for the photos!
Soccer in the Streets, a not-for-profit that empowers underserved youth through sports-based training, character development, mentoring, and employability programs, has been selected as a grantee in the Aetna Foundation Cultivating Healthy Communities program and was awarded a grant to assist in the continued expansion of Soccer in the Streets programs at StationSoccer locations that bring the game of soccer to underserved youth in Atlanta.