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Atlanta Beltline + Soccer in the Streets Team Up for FREE Event

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Atlanta Beltline + Soccer in the Streets Team Up for FREE Event

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In an effort to keep local Atlantans moving and having fun, The Atlanta Beltline Partnership is joining forces with Soccer in the Streets to host its first Atlanta Beltline Street Cup on Sunday, October 27, 2013.  The free tournament is open to youth of all ages who want to participate in small-sided games, meet other youth from across the city and learn the importance of teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, perseverance, and tolerance. Registration opens at 1:00 p.m. at 1052 Martin St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315.  To learn more information about the event, click here.

Photo courtesy of Jahret Rainey (IFlash Photography)

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Soccer in the Streets Event Lets You Break Moms’ Rule

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Soccer in the Streets Event Lets You Break Moms’ Rule

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Who has those memories of being a kid, getting all dressed up for some special occasion and your mom (auntie or grandma) laying down the law with the words, “Don’t mess up your outfit”?  I know I do. Fortunately on Sunday, October 6th, Soccer in the Streets will be encouraging teams of adults to put on their most fashion forward attire and get it dirty without consequence at its 5th Annual Black Tie Soccer Game.  This 7 v. 7 match is sure to be filled with sparkly mini dresses, ball gowns, suits and bowties worthy of a segment on Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police and on field play that would make Sir Alex Ferguson come out of retirement to coach.

For a mere $5, you can enjoy a front row seat at Grady Stadium to witness a spectacle that is sure to make you scream, cheer, laugh and cry.  If you have a little more change to spare, you can even sponsor one of the “hot” competitors. (You know they say soccer players are by far the most attractive athletes…)

Nevertheless, all of this money goes to help Soccer in the Streets continue and expand its mission to empower underserved youth through soccer, character development, mentoring, and employability programs.

In 2013, Soccer in the Streets weekly programming serves 1,300 kids at 16 different metro Atlanta locations and employs 70 participants or graduates as coaches, referees, event staff, or administrators.  Jill Robbins, Jason Longshore and the rest of their executive team know how to stretch a dollar longer than any pair of soccer socks…

To get all the details about attending the event, sponsoring a player or bidding in the silent auction, go to www.blacktiesoccergame.com

Who knows?  Your donation to such a worthy cause may allow you to catch several glimpses of a sequined, one arm mini dress, from West Midtown’s Cosign Resale Boutique, moving up and down the field!

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4 Organizations Bring Soccer to Urban ATL

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4 Organizations Bring Soccer to Urban ATL

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Around the world, soccer is one of the first sports most kids learn to play.  However in many urban American cities, you will be hard pressed to find the world’s favorite sport being played by inner city youth, outside of the occasional P.E. class. For those metro Atlanta parents who want to get their son or daughter involved in the sport, here are four organizations that provide a range of free and/or low cost programming:

On the Eastside:  Created in partnership with the East Lake YMCA, Healthy Lives Healthy Kids provides recreational soccer programming for youth ages 3-18.  To learn more about their teams, go to www.hlhk.org.

In the Southwest:  Consisting of recreational, academy and select teams for both boys and girls, Tiger Soccer Club is one of South Fulton County’s most successful soccer programs.  The rapidly growing organization fields teams from U4 to U19.  To find out to get your child involved, go to www.tigersoccerclub.com

Metro Atlanta Girls:  Founded by Atlanta radio and sports personality Rashan Ali, Sporty Girls Inc. seeks to encourage minority girls age 8 - 18 to participate and achieve success in non-traditional sports, such as golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis, while building good character and lifestyle skills.  Free clinics and workshops are offered throughout the year in addition to its highly prestigious Camp Elite summer program.  To learn more about SGI, go to www.sportygirlsinc.org.

Throughout Metro Atlanta:  Soccer in the Streets empowers underserved youth through soccer, mentoring, character building and employability programs.  Through partnering organizations, such as schools, community centers and parks, multiple sessions are conducted each week to ensure a consistent presence in the community and ongoing positive influence among the youth.   The organization operates from four hubs (Atlanta (proper), Clarkston, College Park and Sandy Springs), and provides programming to elementary students, teens and young adults.  To get involved in their various activities, contact SITS at www.soccerstreets.org.

  Stay tuned for more in-depth highlights of each of Healthy Lives Healthy Kids, Tiger Soccer Club, Sporty Girls Inc., and Soccer in the Streets in future posts.

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