A group of 30 at-risk teens from the Atlanta area who have excelled within the Soccer in the Streets’ School of Life program will have an opportunity to add volunteering at NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 to their growing résumés when the North American Soccer League championship game is played in the city.
Having discovered opportunities that can be valuable to them and been inspired by the Soccer in the Streets organization, the 30 graduates will put into practice the personal responsibility and job readiness they have learned by being an integral part of NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
The young men and women will take on the role of special ambassadors and will assume a range of game day responsibilities to assist fans attending the match, including being customer service representatives and ushers at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday, November 9.
The star graduates of Soccer in the Streets come from communities without many job prospects except for low paying service jobs and experience minimal quality of life. They have grasped the opportunity to improve their prospects through this initiative. Many Soccer in the Streets teens are on the margins of society; are ethnic minorities, immigrants and refugees; attend low-performing public schools; and come from low-income and broken homes in high-crime areas with high unemployment.
“This is a fantastic program that has helped put a countless number of at-risk kids on a path to a better future and we are honored to partner with Soccer in the Streets,” said Atlanta Silverbacks General Manager Andy Smith. “This is a wonderful group of young people who were eager to learn as they received on-site training at our last home game. They are bright and enthusiastic and as excited as we are to be a part of Soccer Bowl 2013 here in Atlanta.”
NASL Soccer Bowl will make a donation to Soccer in the Streets, which boasts more than two decades of experience in the field, with programs that develop the next generation of leaders who will eventually cultivate change and progress in their communities. For more information, please visit http://www.soccerstreets.org.
Soccer in the Streetswill also benefit from the Silverbacks’ Kicks for Kids program that sources local businesses and executives who step up to buy and then donate a block of tickets for kids who would otherwise not have an opportunity to attend NASL games and NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
Tickets for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 are now on general sale and can be purchased by calling 404-969-4900 or booking online at www.atlantasilverbacksfc.com. The NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 official website is now live at www.NASLSoccerBowl.com
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