Street Soccer USA Cup 2010-2012 Seeking Sponsors
The 2011 Cup will again be hosted in Washington, DC: Dates TBA
2010 Event Report
Already several cities have initiated bids for the 2012 Cup. If you are interested in bring the cup to your city, contact email@example.com with the words “cup bid” in the subject line.
Highlight from the 2010 Cup:
• 195 players from 19 cities participated; all had been homeless within the last year or are part of a sobriety program and have been homeless within the last 2 years. This represents a 33% increase in participants from last year. [The invited team from Russia comprised program graduates who were no longer homeless from the Russian project.]
• 3 teams of majority women were part of the first ever Lady Salamander (women’s) initiative. Female participation increased to 18 from just one in 2009. 8 were selected to represent the United States in the Homeless World Cup and were announced by Ms. Johnson on the final day of the tournament.
• 10 former players returned as volunteers or coaches for SSUSA programs.
• Over 60 percent of the players had already connected to jobs or housing before arriving at the cup. [This is based on progress and rosters sent one month before the cup.]
• Participants Jasmine Morris of Minneapolis and TK Ajiboye of New York were featured on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams “Making a Difference “ segment. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/38581006#38584806
• Event was featured in Sunday Aug. 1st’s Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/31/AR2010073102945
• Lisa Wrightsman of Sacramento was featured in the New York Times. www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/sports/soccer/02soccer.html?_r=1
•E SPN.COM signed on to follow our National teams in Brazil.
• Event was attended by more than 3,000 people in person, logged over 10 million media impressions, and saw 7,358 additional web visitors over the course of the week generated 1,000 new facebook fans and twitter followers over the same period.
• Successfully launched second phase of new research initiative