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FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This past year has been an exciting one for Soccer in the Streets. It never ceases to amaze me the hold The Beautiful
Game has on people, on and off the field.
Our passionate staff and supporters have left a lasting mark on the 28 Atlanta communities where we work. To
see the resilience of all involved, from the youngsters and families to the volunteers and community members, is a
testament to hard work and a common goal.
VISION
Most importantly, it’s about our 5,000+ youth members. They play, they learn and they grow. For many, they do so
in spite of challenging circumstances. Like all youngsters given the opportunity, they respond to a positive environment
and succeed.
We envision the day when all kids regardless of economic, social or
racial background have equal access to opportunity.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
We want to promote upward mobility for our young participants. In 2018, we piloted a Youth Leadership Council in
Clarkston. Through a mix of soccer training, work readiness programs and enrichment activities, 18 of the participants
found part-time work. Of those in their final year of high school, 95 percent graduated.
Opening the second StationSoccer location on September 8th at West End MARTA was one of the high points of
2018. To our delight, the West End community voted with its feet and turned out in the hundreds to support the program. More than 140 young soccer enthusiasts enrolled on Day One! I give that a thumbs up. In addition, a learning
center is on its way for West End. Follow our progress and updates on Facebook and through our monthly newsletters.
It is undeniable that great things happen if you invest in people and community-places.
We can’t wait to open the next eight stations in the coming years. All at train stations, providing access for all!
LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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SUCCESS STORY :: REFEREES
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BY THE NUMBERS
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HOST THE WORLD
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MISSION
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MAIN EVENTS
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COMMUNITY :: WESTSIDE / SOUTHSIDE
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SUPPORTERS
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COMMUNITY :: ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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GRANTS AWARDED
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LIFEWORKS
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FINANCIAL OVERVIEW
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STATION SOCCER
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VOLUNTEERS
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SUCCESS STORY :: COACHES
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STAFF and BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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During my time with the organization I’ve seen the continued growth and interest in the game in Atlanta. Last year
saw record crowds at the MLS All-Star Game and so many mesmerizing evenings along Atlanta United’s journey to
victory in the MLS Cup. Who would have thought it possible just a few short years ago? Seeing so many of these
same fans joining in the Soccer in the Streets’ journey speaks volumes. More than 720 volunteers dedicate their time
to their team, their city and most importantly, their communities.
None of this would be possible without the continued support of our sponsors and donors. There’s no substitute for
time, money and passion. A special shout-out to The Atlanta United Foundation, the City of Atlanta and MARTA for
their involvement. We are also grateful for the grassroots support we received from the Transformation Alliance.
Thank you to everyone who made 2018 a year to remember. I’m early, but can I say, “Happy Birthday?” 2019 marks
our 30th anniversary. Stay tuned… the best is yet to come!
P hil Hill
Phil Hill
Executive Director
SOCCER IN THE STREETS
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2018 IMPACT REPORT





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