After raising over $90,000 last year, Soccer in the Streets will host the sixth edition of their annual ATL Champions League Tournament this Sunday at Grady Stadium. The tournament brings together soccer legends and Atlantans alike, such as Steven Yeun (the actor that plays Glenn in the Walking Dead) who participated last year, to represent world's most prestigious clubs. Co-ed teams of 15 players have all pledged to raise a certain amount, all of which will go towards Soccer in the Streets.
This year, many notable Atlanta United front office staff will be in attendance such as Darren Eales, Carlos Bocanegra, and Sarah Kate Noftsinger. Former FC Bayern midfielder Andreas Ottl will be participating. Even our own Dirty South Soccer legend and Mouth of the South podcast host, Eric Quintana, will be in attendance.
Despite all the fun that tournament is every year, the funds raised during the event go to an important cause. Soccer in the Streets is a nonprofit that uses soccer as a medium to help improve the lives of Atlanta's disadvantaged young people. Last year, Walking Dead actor, Steven Yeun, said "I think Soccer in the Streets is very important for the kids. You get to build character through a sport that's awesome and globally known and then you get to teach kids skills so they can come back and really help their communities."
Take, for instance, Lauren DuBois. DuBois grew up with Soccer in the Streets and the program was instrumental in ensuring she would go on to life a positive, successful life. DuBois played college soccer at Mississippi Valley State University and has since returned to Atlanta work for Soccer in the Streets and help create that same environment that allowed her to thrive in as a child. Lauren's story is just one of the many stories that show how much good Soccer in the Streets does in Atlanta.
You can attend the event, see the faces of Atlanta United, and help benefit an organization that is a crucial part of many people's lives. Tickets are just $5 each. For more information check out the tournament's website. To learn more about Soccer in the Streets, visit their website at soccerstreets.org.