The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Soccer Streets program expanded to a sixth location on October 26, 2023, with the opening of a new soccer field at East Lake Station. The program, which provides free soccer programming for underserved youth, is now available at Five Points, West End, East Point, Lindbergh, Kensington, and East Lake Stations.
The East Lake Station Soccer Streets field is located on the plaza level of the station and features a synthetic turf surface, goals, and other soccer equipment. The field is open to the public during MARTA’s operating hours.
The Soccer Streets program is a partnership between MARTA, Soccer in the Streets, the Atlanta United Foundation, and the City of Atlanta. The program is designed to provide access to soccer for youth in underserved communities and to promote healthy lifestyles and youth development.
“We are excited to expand the Soccer Streets program to East Lake Station,” said MARTA Interim General Manager & CEO Collie Greenwood. “This program provides a safe and fun place for youth to play soccer and learn the game. It also helps to connect communities through transit and soccer.”
“Soccer in the Streets is thrilled to bring our program to East Lake Station,” said Soccer in the Streets Executive Director Jessica Smith. “We are committed to providing access to soccer for all youth, regardless of their background or financial resources. The Soccer Streets program is a great way for youth to get involved in the sport and to learn valuable life skills.”
The opening of the East Lake Station Soccer Streets field was celebrated with a grand opening event on October 26, 2023. The event featured youth soccer games, music, food, and giveaways.
The Soccer Streets program is a great example of how MARTA is working to make Atlanta a more livable and sustainable city. The program provides access to affordable transportation and recreation for underserved communities. It also helps to promote healthy lifestyles and youth development.
Impact of the Soccer Streets Program
The Soccer Streets program has had a positive impact on the communities it serves. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program has led to a decrease in obesity and an increase in physical activity among youth participants. The program has also been shown to improve academic performance and reduce dropout rates.
The Soccer Streets program is also a valuable tool for community building. The program brings together youth from different backgrounds and helps to promote social cohesion. The program also provides a safe and supervised environment for youth to play and learn.
The MARTA Soccer Streets program is a great example of how MARTA is working to make Atlanta a better place to live and work. The program provides access to affordable transportation and recreation for underserved communities. It also helps to promote healthy lifestyles and youth development.
The Soccer Streets program is a valuable asset to the Atlanta community, and it is important to continue to support its growth and expansion.