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Local Nonprofit Provides Hot Meals, Soccer Balls To Kids During Pandemic

Soccer in the Streets distributes hot pizzas and soccer balls to East Point kids and their families.
Soccer in the Streets distributes hot pizzas and soccer balls to East Point kids and their families.
Credit COURTESY OF SOCCER IN THE STREETS

Many local soccer fields are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But a local organization that aims to empower youths to build healthier communities through the game of soccer isn’t letting the closures stop it from helping kids and their families.

The leaders of Soccer in the Streets say, despite their facilities being closed, they recently partnered with several Atlanta organizations and restaurants to launch Strikes and Slices to provide children with a soccer ball and a hot meal.

While their facilities are closed, Soccer in the Streets continued to find ways to help youths. (Courtesy of Soccer in the Streets)
While their facilities are closed, Soccer in the Streets continues to find ways to help youths. (Courtesy of Soccer in the Streets)

On Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” executive director of Soccer in the Streets, Phil Hill, told the show’s host, Rose Scott, that the organization came up with the idea to launch the program after talking with parents and players about their highest needs during the health crisis.

“We started with the goal to distribute 1,000 hot meals to low-income kids, and we’re in week five of that now,” Hill said.

During the three-way conversation, Tony Carter, director of programs for Soccer in the Streets, shared that in addition to providing meals and soccer balls, the organization is providing educational support through one-on-one phone calls with soccer coaches.

“There are a lot of great conversations that are coming out of the discussions between the coaches and players,” Carter said.

Guest:

  • Phil Hill, executive director of Soccer in the Streets
  • Tony Carter, director of programs for Soccer in the Streets

To listen to the full conversation, please click the audio player above.

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