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COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING
Throughout the year, Soccer in the Streets holds a number of community fundraising events. The goal of the annual
events is raising money to bring soccer to lower-income communities while leveling the playing field for children
regardless of their socioeconomic status. The events help to provide sustainable, free youth soccer programs that
cultivate change, education and empower youth.
NATIONS CUP
$
ATL
NATIONS CUP
3 8K
HOST THE WORLD
Haitian National Amputee Football Teams return to commemorate the
United Nations Day for Persons with Disabilities.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
$
148K
Held each April, the Nations Cup is a charity tournament celebrating the international diversity
in Atlanta and the beautiful game that unites us. To participate, players raise money in support
of free youth programs for thousands of children in Metro Atlanta. Eight teams compete, both on
and off the field. All proceeds benefit Soccer in the Streets’ free youth programs in more than
30 sites encompassing community, schools, and life-works programming, providing social change
and education.
In 2018, the Eighth Annual Soccer in the Streets Champions League event was held in June at
the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground – home of Atlanta United. This year, the
home side – Atlanta United – gained revenge by defeating Manchester United Atlanta in a
rematch of last year’s championship game. In 2018, more than $140,000 was raised by the
12 participating teams.
CE L EB R AT I N G I NCRE DI BL E ATH LETES
Nearly 1 million people in Haiti are amputees or have disabilities. Dealing with
severe poverty and joblessness, these individuals experience the worst living
conditions. In 2010, amputee soccer was invented by American Don Bennett
and became an inspirational passion for the Haitian earthquake survivors.
Hosting the Haiti National Men and Women Amputee Football Teams in 2018
at StationSoccer would not have been possible without the efforts of their
Manager and Director of Operations, Dr. Fred Sorrells.
At the event, Soccer in the Streets youth players and members of the
HNAFT enjoyed both the city atmosphere that surrounds the StationSoccer field
and their mutual love for the beautiful game of soccer.
“The players come to appreciate that there are socio-economic challenged
communities even in America,” said Sorrells. “Children in these communities
need encouragement to overcome negative influences in their surroundings.
It makes a huge impact on our players to realize they have an opportunity
to give back to America for all of the goodwill and disaster relief extended to
Haiti during the 2010 catastrophic earthquake and numerous hurricanes over
the years.”
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The highlight of the day for the Haitian players was interacting with the Soccer
in the Streets kids. The players appreciate the socio-economic challenges that
children face in America as well because they can relate. It makes a huge
impact on the Haitian players to realize they have an opportunity to give back.
The mission behind the organization really speaks to the players.
CORPORATE CUP
In 2017, the Corporate Cup was created so Atlanta’s corporate community could connect with
Soccer in the Streets and allow employees to become involved in a fun and meaningful way.
In September of 2018, the tournament saw eight teams compete for city bragging rights,
with AT&T taking the crown for the second year in a row. The other corporate teams included:
Home Depot; Deloitte, Alston & Bird; Microsoft; Salesforce; IHG; and BakerHostetler. More than
$60,000 was raised and Salesforce led the way with more than $14,000 in donations.
BLACK TIE
Our Black Tie Soccer Game held every October is invitation-only and the final event of the year.
Essentially, it’s Soccer in the Streets’ gala, with a twist. Instead of a standard sit-down banquet,
formally-attired participants play soccer to help raise money.
$
6 3K
A group of Westside kids had the opportunity to play soccer with the Haitian
players during their visit to Atlanta. Community Program Manager Tony Carter,
spoke on his first-hand experience watching the soccer game.
“At the beginning, their expectations were that they would have scaled down
their level of effort. But they were scored on quickly and the kids then realized
how good these players were,” Carter said. “After a heavily contested match
and plenty of amazement from both sides of the ball, all Westside players
involved had a newfound respect for the Haitian Team.”
$
140K
While in Haiti, people with disabilities are often marginalized. In contrast,
StationSoccer programs celebrate the amputee players as incredible athletes
and heroes who’ve overcome tremendous obstacles.
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2018 IMPACT REPORT





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