Street soccer – a path taken to a better place

In anticipation of the 2010 Street Soccer USA Cup (July 30 – Aug. 1), we highlight a story by the Star Tribune’s Kristin Tillotson. In Kicking it home: A soccer program is an important safety net for a growing number of young people who are homeless or on the brink of it we learn about Up Top, a street-soccer group of 15- to 21-year-olds that manages to reach a growing number of homeless young adults who might otherwise fall between the cracks.

We have covered Street Soccer USA and the Homeless World Cup before. This story, however, takes a look at the street soccer program at the local level. It is a wonderful look at individuals whose appreciation for life is enhanced by the fun in participating in soccer and the incredible life lesson and skills that come with being something bigger than yourself.

Homeless is a situation that affects all of us in one way or another. It has to. We are all members of an interdependent society. And a group that is being affected so much right now are kids. They certainly will benefit, as this program shows, from the support that will come from such caring individuals and teammates.

Self-esteem, confidence, help myself and other people, good attitude, responsibility, rewarding.  Hear these words in this inspiring video that is part of the the article.