Beyond Soccer Kicks-Off this Sunday, 9/08 in Philadelphia

beyondsoccer_logoBeyond Soccer, (powered by streetfootballworld), is the first international event in the USA focusing purely on the power of the world’s most popular sport to tackle social issues like poverty, disease and lack of education.

It takes place on Sunday September 8th in Philadelphia, PA as part of the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards- an annual event that highlights and reward projects that use sport for social change. Last year’s Summit in London, UK was attended by sports superstars like David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Michael Johnson and Michelle Kwan.

Following a successful edition of ‘Beyond Soccer’ at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in 2012, the event will come to the USA for the first time at PPL Park, the home of the Philadelphia Union. The event brings together experts from the world of soccer to discuss how the sport can lead the way in the USA in terms of creating social change and will feature among others:

  • Juergen Griesbeck, award-winning founder and CEO of streetfootballworld
  • Ethan Zohn, “Survivor” winner and founder of soccer non-profit Grassroot Soccer
  • Nick Sakiewicz, CEO of the Philadelphia Union
  • Tony Sanneh, former USMNT player and founder of a soccer for social change foundation
  • Enrique Sanz, General Secretary of CONCACAF
  • Bill Peterson, Commissioner of the NASL
  • Organizations that use soccer to address issues like homelessness, refugees, obesity, crime, gangs and youth violence in the USA, Costa Rica, Haiti, Cuba, South Africa and more
  • Young people from deprived communities whose lives have been changed by soccer

streetfootballworld is the world’s leading organization in the field of soccer for social change, connecting over 90 organizations in 60 countries. They are a strategic ally of FIFA and are involved  in the delivery of the social legacy campaigns of the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. They also work with UEFA and the AFC and have consulted for the World Economic Forum and Clinton Global Initiative about the role of soccer in social change and are the winners  of several awards in the field of sports and social entrepreneurship.

You can follow the twitter hashtag #beyondsoccer to take part in a conversation highlighting the role of soccer for social change in the USA. Please look out for it and help us spread the word.

For more information on Beyond Soccer visit: 
http://www.streetfootballworld.org/latest/blog/streetfootballworld-goes-%E2%80%98beyond-soccer%E2%80%99-usa

 

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