Kick Off the 2010 World Cup with a Free Viewing Celebration

Clarkston Community Center, Decatur-DeKalb YMCA and Soccer in the Streets partner to provide a fun atmosphere for soccer fans

Atlanta, GA- May 24, 2010 The Clarkston Community Center, together with the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA and Soccer in the Streets are hosting a free viewing of the first match of the 2010 World Cup on Friday, June 11 at the Clarkston Community Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch the Mexico vs. South Africa match alongside other soccer fans in a family-friendly viewing environment.

“The World Cup is an exciting time for soccer fans around the world” said Jill Robbins, executive director, Soccer in the Streets. “Our goal is to channel that excitement and create a fun, safe environment for the community of Clarkston and surrounding areas.”

“The Decatur DeKalb YMCA in collaboration with the Clarkston Community Center and Soccer in the Streets is working to increase recreational programming in the Clarkston community,” said Shell Ramirez, international outreach coordinator, Decatur- DeKalb YMCA. “We currently offer sports programming six days a week in the Clarkston area.”

“Soccer is a passion shared by millions around the world,” says McKenzie Wren, acting executive director, Clarkston Community Center. “Hosting this international event builds community and generates fellowship and understanding among all Clarkston residents, one in three of whom was born outside of the US.”

The event will begin with a Mexican & South African breakfast buffet at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Free game coverage starts at 9:30 a.m. The game will be broadcast in the Clarkston Community Center’s Angora Hall on a large projection screen. It will be one of the largest screens in the metro Atlanta area showing the game.

Soccer in the Streets is proud to present the event’s special guests, the three delegates selected to participate in the Football for Hope Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Players include: Isaac Fonseca, Atlanta, GA; Katelyn Longino, College Park, GA and Jose Fonseca, College Park, GA.

The Clarkston Community Center will continue to host free viewings of the 2010 World Cup games. For a full listing of the games, please visit www.clarkstoncommunitycenter.org. Looking to play? Soccer in the Streets will host pickup games Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons during the tournament.

Soccer in the Streets is looking for volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, email Jason Longshore at jason@soccerstreets.org. For more information regarding the kickoff celebration, visit www.soccerstreets.org.

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About:

Soccer in the Streets
Soccer in the Streets, a non- profit organization based in Atlanta, GA, empowers kids who lack opportunity by using soccer as a medium to make them employable adults. Founded in 1989, the organization links life skills with soccer skills and helps at-risk kids thrive at school and at home through out-of-school programs, mentoring relationships, academic support and hands on experience. Our programs 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.

Decatur-DeKalb YMCA
The Decatur- DeKalb Family YMCA serves Decatur and DeKalb County members from a 49,000 square foot facility located at 1100 Claremont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030. Currently, sports programming is offered six days a week in the Clarkston area. Schedules include: Monday, tennis at Milam Park; Tuesday, baseball at Milam Park; Wednesday, cricket at the CCC; Thursday, basketball at the CCC; Friday, soccer at the CCC and Saturday, pick up soccer at the CCC. For more information, please contact the sports department at 404-371-3314.

Clarkston Community Center
Clarkston Community Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of creating a place for Clarkston residents to come together for art, recreation, education and community building. Clarkston and the surrounding vicinity has an estimated 26,000 refugees from Bosnia, Somalia, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Sudan, Vietnam, Iraq, Liberia, Russia, Sierra Leone, Cuba and many other places around the world. The Clarkston Community Center is a bridge that connects all residents, no matter their place of birth.

Soccer In The Streets

Jason Longshore

jason@soccerstreets.org

678.993.2113

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