Sponsors, volunteers and participants are being recruited for a metro-area celebration, Atlanta International Soccer Fest 2010 www.atlsoccerfest.com, currently being organized to coincide with the soccer matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, June 11- July 11.

The South African-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta (SAACOC) and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. (GACC South) have spearheaded an initiative to celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. In an unprecedented show of “soccer solidarity” and friendly rivalry, several bi-national Chambers of Commerce, Consulates, the World Trade Center Atlanta, and community organizations have joined the campaign, which will include soccer matches between the organizations, and game viewing parties at local pubs and sports bars. Donations from several of the events will be awarded to SOS Children’s Villages, with some of the monies going to SOS’ Haiti relief efforts.

The event in-kind sponsor is Realm Advertising (www.realmadvertising.com), and partner organizations include the World Trade Center Atlanta and the Goethe Center (German Cultural Center). V103, Dave FM, WAOK and CBS Radio have signed on as radio media partners. Georgia Soccer (www.gasoccer.com) is supporting this “soccer with a purpose” campaign.

Additional sponsors, who will receive a generous recognition package based on mutual interests, are solicited and will be announced. For additional information on corporate sponsorships, go towww.atlsoccerfest.com.

According to Derrick Jackson, executive director of the South African-American Chamber
of Commerce in Atlanta, “As South Africa prepares to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ this summer, and Atlanta vies for the games in 2018 or 2022, we are tapping into metro Atlanta’s growing enthusiasm for the sport. It’s a perfect way to support SOS Children’s Villages, with its longstanding connection to soccer.”

According to Irene Bailey, president of the Atlanta Volunteer Committee for SOS Children’s Villages, “Soccer and SOS Children’s Villages have had a long-standing relationship. Soccer plays a positive role in children’s lives by contributing to their physical and social development. The Atlanta International Soccer Fest is a great way to bring together the international Atlanta community around a worthy cause.”

More than 88,000 Georgia children and adults play some kind of organized soccer, according towww.atlantasoccernews.com.

For more information about Atlanta International Soccer Fest 2010, please visit www.atlsoccerfest.com.

Preview of Event Schedule:

Soccer viewing events – June 11 to July 11 
Premier venues across the city will be hosting game viewing parties. Venues will offer “Soccer Fest” specials with drinks, appetizers and/or entrees. Root for your favorite country’s team and make a donation to SOS Children’s Villages.

Fado Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 841-0066
Fox Sports Grill – Atlantic Station
261 19th Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30363-1134
(404) 207-1369
375 Luckie Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-5825
Milltown Arms Tavern
180 Carroll Street
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 827-0343
300 Marietta Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1632
(404) 885-1472
Queens International Club
6889 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 447-2400

Additional participating Atlanta Restaurants to be announced on www.atlsoccerfest.com.

Soccer Tournaments between consulates, chambers of commerce and other organizations.
A round robin soccer tournament featuring adult teams (age 20+) is currently being formed by Atlanta-area chambers of commerce, consulates, trade and community organizations. Those interested in signing up a team, please contact Irene Bailey at irene@sos-atlanta.org.

Saturday, June 12 
For location and schedule please visit www.atlsoccerfest.com. Tournament sign up is $750 per team to cover team jerseys, set-up and stadium costs. The tournament will consist of 16 teams of 12 people per team.

About the Organizations:

SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental social development organization (501c3) which has been working to meet theneeds and protect the interests and rights of children since its foundation in 1949 in Austria. Operating in 132 countries, SOS Children’s Villages provides long-term family-based care for more than 85,000 children who have been orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. To help prevent child abandonment, and to aid families struggling within a cycle of poverty and disease, SOS Children’s Villages supports another 600,000 children and their families through family strengthening programs and educational, medical and social outreach initiatives. For more information about SOS Children’s Villages, visit www.sos-usa.org.

Founded in 2009 the South African-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta seeks to promote the exchange of business, trade, investment, technology, and culture between South Africa and the United States. We will provide information, services, and programs that facilitate business growth, profitability, and success for members, and support members in developing business opportunities and strategic partnerships in South Africa and the United States. For more information visit www.sa-usabuschamber.com.

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States was founded in 1978 to promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the US. They are a private, non-profit organization and serve as the official representative of German trade in the southern U.S. GACC South has been a supporter of SOS Children’s Villages in the past, and donated proceeds from their 2009 Annual Gala to the organization. GACC South and SAACOC are the main organizers of the Atlanta International Soccer Fest 2010. For more info on GACC South visit: www.gaccsouth.com.

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