On their way to the HOMELESS STREET SOCCER WORLD CUP IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (Nov 24-Dec.8th) the founder of Street Soccer USA (SSUSA), Lawrence Cann, and members of his team, will speak at the School of Public Affairs this Tuesday evening.
Join us to discuss their personal experiences, share the positive effects of sports programs in combating homelessness, see clips from their documentary & play some soccer on the roof.
5391 School of Public Affairs Bldg.
Now headquartered in NY under the umbrella of HELP USA, SSUSA launched its pilot program in 2004 out of the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, NC. SSUSA has reached more than 20% of chronically homeless living in Greater Charlotte, and realized a 75% success rate in effecting a positive life change such as addressing a substance abuse problem or mental health issue, securing full-time employment or moving off the streets.
Eight homeless men ranging in age from 19 to 41 and residing in California, Georgia, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, and Texas will constitute Street Soccer USA's 2008 National Team. They will compete with 47 other nations in a 4 versus 4 soccer tournament. Check out these links to learn more:
www.streetsoccerusablog.com; www.helpusa.org; www.homelessworldcup.org