This May our tireless volunteers drove 15 kids to tryouts all around Soccer City, for competitive teams like Northeast United, PCU, East Side Timbers, and Southeast Soccer Club, and every player earned a spot on their respective team. It’s what we do: mentoring kids at pickup soccer games in the park, finding out who can play competitively, driving them to tryouts and practices, negotiating down their fees, and then paying them, connecting our kids to the highest levels of youth soccer, where pay-to-play is the name of the game, unfortunately.
The results are undeniable and the success stories beyond inspiring. Today we support Muhammed “Momo” Hassan, who is turning heads in at Timbers Academy, and Bereket Getachew, who will attend the regional Olympic development Team camp in Idaho. We first met Momo as a little kid playing barefoot in the park, slide-tackling teenagers twice his age with a huge smile on his face. Today, there is no telling where he will end up, maybe even the professional game.
But even the pickup players, who walk to our summer games in parks near their housing developments, gain priceless benefits, like staying positive and active, and being mentored by role models who really care.