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4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance partners with many amazing organizations and with their support we continue to promote education and fair play in alienated communities.


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4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance Events

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Simple Invitational

Simple Invitational 2015Providence Park, Saturday, February 28, 2015.

4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance added raucous voices to the loud crowd cheering for the Portland Timbers at the Simple Invitational preseason tournament. Kids, who would otherwise not be able to attend a professional soccer game, make fantastic fans! Their exuberance reverberates through the stadium.

The Portland Timbers’ support of 4WU and our mission to bring soccer to residents of alienated communities is deeply appreciated. Ibrahim, Manusha, Miradi and Hassan were chaperoned by Dominic and Francesco to the game against Norway’s Stabaek. The Timbers won 1-0. The victory made the event even sweeter for 4WU players who cherish opportunities to immerse themselves in the culture of their new hometown.

4WU thanks the Portland Timbers for welcoming our players to Providence Park.

Kateri Park Giveaway

Kateri Park, Friday, February 6, 2015.

Talented and enthusiastic 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance (4WU) players continue to grow! Thanks to our generous supporters, we are able to outfit our soccer kids with new equipment. More than forty players attended our gear giveaway in February.

Kateri Park’s Community room was transformed in to a soccer supply store, staffed by 4WU volunteers. Kids who needed new gear were paired with a volunteer who helped them find well-fitting cleats. After deciding on footwear, kids rounded out their kit with shin guards, socks, soccer balls and water bottles. Brightly colored athletic shirts, shorts, pants and jackets were available too.

It is 4WU’s goal to bring soccer to residents of alienated communities. If you would like to help kids gear up for soccer, please reach out to 4WU! It is a thrill to see talented players equipped to participate on the field.

ThanksKicking Tournament Success

What a weekend! The ThanksKicking Tournament was a blast with over 150 players on 20 teams participating; plus we received numerous donations of soccer gear and raised funds to support our summer programs. Check out the photos of the event below.

A special congratulations to our Bracket Winners:
– Youth 8-10: The Gobblers
– Youth 11-12: Ballistic
– Youth 12-14: Pluck’em & Stuff’em
– High School: Helping Hands
– Adult: Flying Squirrels

RCF_LogoA special thank you to our fantastic hosts at Rose City Futsal! They provided a fantastic venue, handled registration and brackets, and some many behind-the-scenes tasks that made this amazing event.

Farrelly Surprises Futsal Players

Rose City Futsal, Saturday, November 29, 2015.

Farrelly ThanksKicking


Sinead Farrelly, a Portland Thorns midfielder, made dreams come true at 4WU’s ThanksKicking Futsal Tournament. Farrelly stepped on the pitch with a recreational team packed with players who admire her soccer skills. She helped boost the team to a competitive level, making the experience memorable for everyone involved.

Player Julia Tai said, “It’s so fun to watch someone that good up close. Plus, she’s so nice.” Tai’s coach, Chris Ficker, was grateful for Farrelly’s “assist.” Ficker said, “Thank you for allowing me to fulfill my dream of coaching a pro soccer player.” Farrelly’s participation helped make 4WU’s ThanksKicking tournament a success. Money raised at the two-day event will support 4WU’s Summer Soccer Programming.

Thanks to Farrelly and many other supporters, 4WU is looking forward to bringing soccer to even more kids from Portland’s most vulnerable communities in 2015.

Give!Guide 2014

4 Worlds United featured in Willamette Week’s 2014 Give!Guide.


The intent of the Give!Guide is to encourage people to support local non-profits of all sizes in the Portland community. They provide incentives for donations as small as $10 (past incentives include free ice-cream from Salt and Straw, tacos from Por Que No, and similar rewards) and all donations made through the Give!Guide are 100% tax deductible. Special incentives are available on special “Big Give” Days each week.

On Big Give Days, Any donor who makes a minimum gift of $10 through Give!Guide (on days listed below) has an opportunity to be chosen at random to win a great incentive prize.

Nov. 13 – Blazers Ticket Package
Nov. 20 – Powells Books $500 Shopping Spree
Nov. 25 – Timbers & Thorns Ticket Package
Dec. 2 – Bike Gallery Bike Giveaway
Dec. 11 – Salt & Straw Ice Cream Party
Dec. 18 – Rogue Distilled Spirits Case Giveaway

By donating through the give guide not only do your receive free incentives but you have a chance to help 4WU win extra funds as well. The organization with the highest number of young donors (35 and under) will receive an extra $1,000 donation!

As you think about your year end giving we encourage you to visit the website at to find worthy causes to support (not just 4WU) here in Portland. There is no better way to make your giving mean more or go further this year  than through the Give!Guide.



ThanksKicking Futsal Tournament

Announcing the 4 Worlds United ThanksKicking Futsal Tournament hosted by Rose City Futsal! A fun tournament for all ages and skill levels and a great way to fight a turkey hangover.

Get your friends together for some futsal and support a good cause. Guaranteed 4 games minimum for every team! Food available for purchase in the venue at Clive’s.

All proceeds will be donated to 4 Worlds United to support our summer soccer programming.

We will have 4 brackets for both youth (8 y.o. min) and adult teams.

* Youth 8-12
*Youth 13-17
*Adult Recreational
*Adult Competitive


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4WU Partner Needs Volunteers

At 4 Worlds United we have many awesome partners who help us make a difference. One of our longest relationships has been with Catholic Charities and their programs at the Kateri Park Apartments, where we first got started 10 years ago. Now that school has started they need some volunteers to help keep these great programs running:

  • Preschool needs a couple more volunteers. Preschool runs M-Th 9-11:30, and ideally a volunteer helps out 2 days a week. Let us know if you love our 3-4 year olds and have mornings available; we’ll work with your schedule.
  • Homework Club starts September 8th and runs M-Th every week 3-5:15pm. We’ll need lots of help for this, as all of you who’ve done homework club or summer school before know. The need is especially critical in September before the new group of Capstone students from PSU come on board. If you have an afternoon a week to spare or can just help out now and then, we’d really appreciate your time and energy. Tell me when you’re able to come.
  • Art Class really needs a couple more project leaders. The folks who have pitched in over the summer are going back to school or are getting jobs. Would you love to make something fun for an hour with mostly elementary age kids on Wednesdays 4:30-6pm? Then we’d love to have you on the Get Artsy team.
  • ESL childcare. If we want moms and dads to come to our ESL classes, they need to be able to bring their kids. ESL classes run for 8 week blocks, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8pm. They will start up again in October, probably the 7th. If you have evenings free, we would love to have your help either Tuesdays or Thursdays to play with the kids.
  • Mentors to families or individual kids. Let’s talk about who might be a good fit.

Contact Elisabeth Gern with Catholic Charities if you think you would like to help with any of these needs. Send her an e-mail at

4WU Awarded Grant From Portland Timbers Community Fund


Give. Unite. Inspire.

Today at halftime of the Timbers vs San Jose match the Portland Timbers Community Fund announced that 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance was awarded a grant by the Portland Timbers Community Fund!

This grant will support the two main arms of 4WU outreach – our scholarship program and summer soccer programs.

Our scholarship program supports individual players who seek to join local soccer clubs, both at the recreational and competitive level. The standard “pay-to-play” framework systemically prevents many impoverished players from participation. 4WU works with clubs to reduce typical club fees (usually by 75%), then covers the remaining expenses with scholarships.

Our summer soccer programs bring together over 100 4th world children with hundreds of volunteers from the surrounding communities and puts them on a level playing field. This connects the 1st and 3rd world cultures and promotes fair play, tolerance, and creativity. Our program works closely with multiple organizations including Catholic Charities, Home Forward, Pathfinders of Oregon, and Hands-On Portland.

“The Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF), an advised fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, supports charitable, non-profit organizations that are registered as a 501(c)(3) with tax-exempt status from the IRS and are located within one of the four surrounding counties of the Portland metro area; Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark County in SW Washington.  Grant seeking organizations must fall under one of the following areas of focus: 1) Youth education 2)Youth sports 3) Youth health and fitness 4) Environmental awareness and activism with youth and families.” –

To find out how you can join the PTCF in supporting 4th world youth, click here.

Soccer Gear Giveaway at New Columbia

McCoy Park, Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

More than twenty talented soccer players are sporting new gear thanks to generous supporters of 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance (4WU). While Coach Kurt Squier and Coach Erin Barcus supervised, their energetic players selected cleats, shin guards and socks to wear to their weekly “Soccer in the Park” game. Some players also took soccer balls home.

Each Tuesday Squier and Barcus are joined by volunteer players who kick the ball around with New Columbia residents who simply cannot afford to participate in Portland’s “pay to play” soccer programs.

Volunteer player Eric Pence says, “It feels good to see barefoot players get cleats. I bet receiving good gear will fuel their passion for the game.”

It will be a thrill for supporters of 4WU to see the newly equipped kids developing their talent on the soccer field. The goal of 4WU is to bring soccer to residents of alienated communities, giving them a forum to make friends and interact with kids from a variety of cultures.

To find out how you can support 4WU and to help low-income kids gear up for soccer, please click here

Tix4Kids – Timbers vs Colorado 2014

Providence Park, Friday, July 18, 2014

As Providence Park prepares to welcome Major League Soccer All-Stars, 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance (4WU) is vouching for the hospitality offered at the home of the Portland Timbers.

Thanks to the “Tix for Kids” program, eleven enthusiastic 4WU soccer players and their chaperones watched the Portland Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Friday, July 18, 2014. The boisterous group included kids from Somalia, Kenya, Congo, Nepal and Myanmar. They were selected from a large group of kids who meet weekly during the summer at 4WU’s “Soccer in the Park” games.

“Soccer in the Park” is a forum for those who cannot afford to participate in Portland’s “pay to play” soccer programs to meet and compete with kids from different cultures. These same kids rarely get the opportunity to watch a professional soccer match in person, but the “Tix for Kids” program changes that.

4WU thanks the Portland Timbers and their generous community partners for inviting our talented players to Providence Park. Perhaps their exuberant cheering contributed to the win?

To find out how you can help 4WU’s low-income players from alienated communities, please click here


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