At the core of our mission at Four Worlds United Soccer Alliance is our city-wide Soccer in the Park program. Located near low-income housing at points around the city, these safe weekly sessions of open play are where we first meet most of our kids, begin mentoring them, meet their parents, and identify those that might be able to enter competitive leagues. Even if pickup soccer is all they want, these weekly games play a big role in their lives.
This year we kept our same three locations going–Powell Park in SE Portland, Vance Park in deep SE, and McCoy Park in NoPo–but added a paid coach to meet demand and bring our total to three. We also added sessions, going from one to two days a week at Vance Park, bringing our over weekly total to five, with more kids than ever at every one, despite this being one of the hottest summers in PDX history.
Thanks to coaches Stephen Lambert, Jovani Guerrero, and Abby Rotwein, as well as a small army of volunteers, for bringing safe play and positive role models to hundreds of immigrant and refugee kids in our fair city.
To find out how to volunteer, go here.