Street Soccer USA organises Team USA bringing players from 16 cities ranging from California to Washington, DC together via the Street Soccer USA Cup.
Organisation - Street Soccer USA
Street Soccer USA is a 501©3 organization that promotes and develops a national networks of 25 Sport for Development programs based in social service agencies across the country serving the homeless. SSUSA creates positive community through sports around youth and adults who are homeless, dramatically transforming the context in which participants live from one of isolation and marginalization to one of support and encouragement.
To date more than 90% of street soccer player have positive outcomes in terms of self esteem, emotional self-regulation, increased social network, ability to trust others, and mental/physical health.
75% of street soccer players connect to jobs, housing, complete a rehabilitation program or further their education within a year of joining the program. Street Soccer USA also hosts the country's Premier Sport for Social Change event, the Street Soccer USA Cup. Hosted last summer in New York City's Times Square, the annual Cup features the 20 Street Soccer USA program teams as well as an "open" division with over 50 business and community teams participating in support of the cause. Regional events in California, North Carolina and the mid-west are also hosted as feeders to the National Cup.