Win a Trip to Mexico City with Sounders FC and Street Soccer Seattle

Soccer opens up a world of possibilities. Imagine spending an afternoon in Mexico City with former Sounders FC star Gonzalo Pineda, using the game to engage and inspire youth from marginalized communities. Next travel to Estadio Azteca, one of the largest soccer stadiums in the world and host to two World Cup finals, to watch Sounders FC take on Club America in the second leg of the CONCACAF quarterfinals. This could be your reality. Here’s how:

The Opportunity

Like last year’s CONCACAF-inspired efforts in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the Champions League quarterfinals provide not only an opportunity to showcase world-class soccer, but also a chance to celebrate the game’s inherent power as a catalyst for positive change.

Once again Sounders FC is teaming up with Seattle International Foundation (SIF) to send fans to Mexico City to participate in community-building activities leading into the Sounders FC Champions League quarterfinal match versus Club America.

Sounders FC and SIF will work locally with Street Soccer Seattle and abroad with Street Soccer Mexico to reinforce each organization’s collective mission to leverage the game of soccer to empower homeless youth. Outreach efforts will include youth clinics in Seattle and Mexico City, as well as financial commitments to support long-term community interventions in each region. Former Sounders FC star and Mexican International Gonzalo Pineda will be on hand in Mexico City to inspire youth clinic participants.

Sounders FC is seeking passionate soccer fans and global citizens to join in these efforts and win a trip of a lifetime.

Here’s how to win

Follow the link below to support Sounders FC and SIF outreach efforts in Seattle and Mexico City. Proceeds go to Street Soccer Seattle and Street Soccer Mexico’s programs to positively affect homeless youth in their regions. Each $10 contributed to the campaign will generate one entry for a chance to win a trip for two to join Sounders FC in Mexico City. Entries to win are limited to 10, but all participants are encouraged to contribute any amount seen fit.

A portion of the proceeds will cover Seattle Sounders FC and Seattle International Foundation’s travel expenses to Mexico City to engage Street Soccer Mexico and the homeless youth that they serve.

Winner will receive:

  • Two round-trip plane tickets to Mexico City, leaving Seattle Monday, February 29 and returning Thursday, March 3
  • Hotel accommodations in Mexico City for three nights, February 29-March 2
  • Opportunity to join former Sounders FC players Gonzalo Pineda and Roger Levesque in community outreach efforts
  • Transportation and tickets to Sounders FC Champions League match versus Club America
  • A once in a lifetime chance to use the game of soccer to create a lasting impact

Don’t want to travel to Mexico City? Make a contribution to the campaign and then donate your trip to Street Soccer Seattle, affording a once in a lifetime opportunity for underserved youth. Unable to contribute?  See below how you too can enter to win.

Give today!


Other ways to enter

No purchase necessary. To enter send your Name, Address, Phone Number and Email Address to 2016 Champions League Champions Sweepstakes, c/o Seattle Sounders FC, 159 South Jackson St., Suite 200, Seattle, Washington 98104. In all formats, entries that do not supply all requested information shall not be eligible. Entries limited to 10 by any method and must be received no later than 11:59p on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Contest Rules: http://www.soundersfc.com/CONCACAF-Mexico

Manchester International Street Football Festival

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At Street Soccer Seattle we are committed to improving our soccer based program to empower the homeless in Seattle and beyond. We are happy to work with others who share the same goals as us, such as our friends at England’s Homeless FA.

At the end of last year, during personal vacation in Europe, I attended the Homeless FA’s International Street Football Festival in Manchester, England. It was an amazing opportunity to collaborate and learn from how the English program empowers their players and to network with coaches from England, the Netherlands, Mexico, Portugal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Here is a little recap of what I got to experience in Manchester:

Teammates

Teamates

Throughout the week, I spent a lot of my time sharing stories and experiences about homelessness and street soccer programs. Even though I see it through our players in Seattle, it is always extremely motivating to hear about how players are turning their lives around through street soccer. Furthermore, it was a great opportunity to network with coaches and mentors from England, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, sharing how we each bring success in our programs and identifying some ways we can be even more successful in Seattle. Weather it is in the Americas, Europe or beyond, ending homelessness is a team sport and I’m glad to have added so many great teammates to the team.

Real Skills FC Workshops

Real Skills

Each day players from England, the Netherlands, and Mexico, as well as referees from Portugal, sat down together to learn about relationships, teamwork, positivity, perspective, and communication. These skills and more are taught through soccer examples and discussions as part of the Homeless FA’s Real Skills For Change (FC) curriculum. It was great to see players share about the skills they could offer and how to improve their impact—even while overcoming language differences! I’m excited to start weaving some of what I learned into practices in Seattle.

Training Sessions

Training

On the pitch, players battled with new friends, applied skills from the workshops, and honed their touches thanks to coaching led by former Homeless FA players who now have their coaching qualifications through Homeless FA programs. These training sessions were held at Floor Heaven of Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ Hotel Football, overlooking Manchester United’s Old Trafford, and at the England National Team Headquarters at St. George’s Park, a place many Homeless FA players told me, “felt like home”!

Activities

Activities

Additionally, each day held more excitement for the players. Whether it was the unveiling of Homeless FA players’ recognition in the National Football Museum or walking in the footsteps of legends at Old Trafford or Etihad Stadiums, players experienced football at its finest in England. Furthermore, players had interviews and the opportunity to have their hair cut before a professional portrait in their national team uniforms.

The Tournament

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Located in a reenergized warehouse in Old Trafford’s shadow, the final day gave players the opportunity to apply everything they have been working on. Although the players were all great friends now, you could see an added element of focus switched on for the tournament. Street Soccer Scotland also made the trip down for the day. After some great competition, Mexico won both the men’s and women’s tournaments. This, of course, was followed by a short dance party of all the teams in the middle of the court.

Community MVP Award to Earl Lara

This past weekend our Street Soccer Seattle President, Earl Lara, was presented at the halftime match of the Seattle Sounders FC vs Colorado Rapids. Earl has been selected as the Seattle Sounders representative as the Community Outreach MVP in which he will be going to the AT&T MLS All-Star Match in Denver Colorado. Social ImagePlease continue to vote for him at www.mlssoccer.com/communitymvp.

During the half, Roger Levesque presented Earl with a Seattle Sounders FC Jersey with his name on it as well as the #90. The number ninety is a common used phrase in the Seattle Community as “giving it your full 90″ (seconds)”. He was also presented with a trophy for his dedication and hard work. The partnership of Seattle Sounders FC and Street Soccer Seattle shows the commitment thru soccer we have to our community.

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3rd Annual Cap Hill Soccer Jam

June 7th, 2015 is our 3rd Annual Cap Hill Soccer Jam at Seattle University Park. This event was founded by Seattle University’s Center For The Study of Sports and Exercise and the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership Program.

Current Participating Organizations are (but not limited to): Golazo, ClifBar, Seattle Bubble Soccer LLC, Arena Sports, Seattle Reign and Seattle Sounders FC.

Click here to register now.

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May 11 Match Summary vs Sloppy Dribblers

The focus of the night was “Adapt Your Play” and we all did just that. Facing a new team, we learned throughout the match and found areas to adapt to become more successful. Players adjusted to playing some new positions while working together in the transitions. From the transition, Robert had two goals in the second half, one of them assisted by Jamie.

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Bubble Soccer Cup

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We would like to announce that we have officially partnered with Seattle Bubble Soccer to better enable us to gain awareness in the Seattle area thru Soccer. We have already partnered with them for some small events but we are happy to make it official for the remainder of the year and hopefully years to come. Chris and Myrrha share the same values as our organization and we can’t wait to increase our footprint in the soccer community! Please see below for our first event scheduled!

 

Bubble Soccer Cup

The 17th Ave House presents Bubble Soccer Cup. This is an event that will be done in conjunction of with Seattle Bubble Soccer. We recently announced a partnership with Seattle Bubble Soccer and this is one of the first benefits to kick-off this new found friendship. Show your support and check out this tournament at the University of Washington Fields!

Seattle Sounders FC Partnership

It is with great excitement that we get to announce a new partnership with the Seattle Sounders FC. Before Roger Levesque became the Director of Community Initiatives, he would often be volunteering at Street Soccer Seattle improving the lives around him. We are very excited for his future with the Sounders and ecstatic for this partnership. This will help our foot print in the Seattle Community and provide endless opportunities to facilitate social change through soccer.

Thank You Seattle Reign FC and Reuben’s Brews!

Thank you to the Seattle Reign FC for donating a lot of soccer equipment for our team! Thank you to the team and organization for reaching out to us and providing the simplicity of shorts!

We would also like to thank Reuben’s Brews, Seattle Spurs and the Infamous Gorilla FC for their generosity and time for helping us raise money for our organization! This donation has helped us better enable ourselves to be successful in providing our players with equipment to play soccer. Although all we need is a ball, it is great to be able to provide a pair of shoes for our players! This was a very eventful September and October!Displaying Reuben's Brews.JPG