Arlington Tigers: We Play for Hope
A-SPAN is pleased to announce the launch of the Arlington Tigers Street Soccer Club, a new program designed to provide support and social structure for our clients, as well as a link them to services in the community and assist them in obtaining permanent housing. The Arlington Tigers are a program of Street Soccer USA, whose mission to end homelessness is through the use of “sports for social change.” Players and teams of Street Soccer USA show great success in setting and achieving their goals to end homelessness: up to 75% of players obtain housing within the first year of playing on a Street Soccer team.
Under the leadership of co-founders Ken Belkosky, A-SPAN Permanent Supportive Housing Client, and Sarah Morse, A-SPAN Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator, the Arlington Tigers hope to continue this success in Northern Virginia. Clients, volunteers and supporters of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate in the program. Practices are held twice per week, and the team is currently working toward forming a strong side to bring to the Street Soccer USA Cup, held every summer. Three players from the Tigers were fortunate enough to be invited to play alongside the DC Knights, another such program, in the recent SSUSA Cup. Read a recap of the SSUSA Cup 2011 by visiting the SSUSA website here.
The Arlington Tigers would like to thank the coaches, players and volunteers of Street Soccer DC Metro for their invaluable mentorship in launching the Arlington team and for their continuing support. We look forward to working together to create a strong Street Soccer DC Metro League and to helping many players off the streets.
Read about how Street Soccer changed one DC player’s life for good on wusa9.com.
A local writer and volunteer visited a recent Arlington Tiger practice to get the scoop on the new program. Check out the resulting article on the blog, Get Out and Give Back.
- Join us at practice.
- Support us through in-kind donations of shoes, socks, shorts, balls, goals and other gear.
- Spread the word about the Arlington Tigers – look for us on Facebook and Twitter soon.
To learn more, contact Sarah Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 842-0168.