ATLANTA (June 4, 2018) – The Eighth Annual Soccer in the Streets Champions League event was held on Sunday, June 3 at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and the home side – Atlanta United – gained revenge by defeating the Manchester United side in a rematch of last year’s championship match-up. However, the main goal of the event was raising funds to bring soccer to lower income communities while leveling the playing field for children regardless of socioeconomic status.
Soccer in the Streets, an Atlanta based youth development nonprofit, and CEMEX, a global leader in the building materials industry, arrived at East Point to support a social impact soccer program.
The event was designed to raise awareness for the need of social impact programming for kids from underserved communities and bringing the people of East Point together around a common cause for good.
With Soccer in the Streets, the Sky Is the Limit
Four seasons of soccer have helped transform Paris Scott. With no local opportunity to play the sport she loves, the Soccer in the Streets program at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School has provided a needed outlet for Paris and other youngsters in the Ashview Heights section of Atlanta.
Last fall, Clarkston went undefeated to claim the State Division II Championship, earning an invitation to compete at the highest level in their division. Now, we’re bringing people together to make a real difference by raising the funds needed to send this team on a life-changing experience that will help shape them for years to come. And you can help in a meaningful way right now.
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.
From Station Soccer youth training on the weekends, 12-year-old Kwaku found his passion through Soccer in the Streets’ community-based programs. He now plays for the College Park Westside program under Coaches Abu Tommy, Adnan, and Kiambi Yamani. Additionally, Kwaku continues to practice one on one with Coach Joel on the weekends at Station Soccer. He has been with Soccer in the Streets for two years while attending Georgia Cyber Academy in South Atlanta.
Station Soccer is off to a great start in 2018, further validating the successes of 2017. This time last year, the first free trial adult soccer leagues were ending, and it was unclear if players would return for another paid season. Since then, over $50,000 has been raised for children in Atlanta through Station Soccer adult programming, including public and corporate leagues, adult pick-up, and private events and tournaments.
Vine City, located two miles to the west of Downtown Atlanta, is one of the many communities of metro Atlanta where Soccer in the Streets has planted its seeds. Vine City Thunder, the resulting product of Soccer in the Streets’ programming, is a multi-cultural team in the heart of the Westside, providing an outlet for kids around the area to fall in love with the beautiful game while shaping their personalities off the field. The sessions are a part of the Soccer in the Streets community-based programs. The seeds are germinating.
Soccer in the Streets today announced ATL Nations Cup 2018, a charity soccer tournament leading up to the World Cup that celebrates the international diversity in Atlanta and the beautiful game that unites us. To participate, players raise funds in support of free youth programs for thousands of children in metro Atlanta.
With both School and Community programming, Soccer in the Streets is set to kick off its spring season the first week of March. This spring, Soccer in the Streets will be running after school soccer sessions at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), Dekalb County Schools and Marietta City Schools - ranging from grades third through sixth - as well as community programming at nine different locations in metro Atlanta.
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.
Part of Station Soccer programming includes soccer-driven leadership training, promoting employability among young people and creating a sustainable, competitive format through adult leagues. The project seeks to include community members across metro Atlanta by using downtown as a converging point for a new urban soccer culture. Using innovative ideas focused on inclusiveness and collaboration, the Station Soccer project aims to embrace and encourage the global nature of the game.
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