San Francisco Announces the City’s First Street Soccer Initiative for Homeless
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Mayor’s Office of Housing Opportunity, Partnership & Engagement (HOPE) join in collaboration with Street Soccer USA to launch “Street Soccer USA West Coast Cup” in San Francisco, the City’s first Street Soccer Initiative for homeless. The goal is to raise awareness of physical and mental health for the homeless through healthy recreation with the City’s diverse communities.
“San Francisco is a City that loves Soccer,” said Bevan Dufty, Mayor’s Office of HOPE Director. “Mayor Lee’s supports Street Soccer USA as a way to show players and fans that soccer and teamwork can help end homelessness.”
“SF Rec and Park is proud to be in partnership with Mayor’s Office of HOPE and Street Soccer USA to launch the City’s first Street Soccer Program for Homeless,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “It has always been SF Rec and Park’s priority to ensure everyone can get out and play.”
The West Coast Coast Cup is a premier sport for social change event where communities come together to compete and enjoy soccer games in a tournaments with the mission to fundraise for programs that teach job and life skills to homeless youth and young adults in San Francisco. The event will include more than 40 business and local community soccer teams playing soccer tournaments at Justin Herman Plaza on June 22 and June 23, 2013. For more information: www.streetsoccerusa.og/sfcup.
“We all understand how sport teaches discipline, commitment and other essential job and life skills. Thanks to the vision of Mayor’s Office of HOPE, SF Rec and Park and our local partner agencies we are able to deliver the Street Soccer USA program and transfer these skills in a cost effective way to the people that need it the most,” said Rob Cann, Street Soccer USA Founder. “Come see how far our players have come this year by attending the West Coast Cup, or even better, sign up a team to play where all proceeds directly benefit the cause. Ending homelessness is a team sport.”
Street Soccer USA is a sport-based organization focused on eradicating homelessness and poverty via onsite soccer programs and community building at social service agencies and homeless shelters in 20 cities across the nation. 75% of participants, who range from youth to adult, successfully connect to further education, improved health, jobs, and housing within a year of joining the program. This is the first collaboration between Street Soccer and SF Rec and Park to launch the initiative helping homelessness in San Francisco. For more information about Street Soccer USA: www.streetsoccerusa.org.