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The Supervisors vs. Staff game was F-U-N!
There were no losers--all were winners for the cause of bringing awareness
to homelessness and working towards ending homelessness in our community
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(Just for the record though, the Supervisors were mercilessly trounced by Staff)

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2013 Soccerthon Fundraiser

The 2013 Soccerthon fundraiser was a success!  With 13 hours of straight soccer, we were able to raise $2,500!  The SSUSA Cup will be held in San Francisco, CA this year.  We therefore have a higher goal to attain this year in funding as transporting the team across the country by plane will be more costly than past trips when we were able to drive.  In addition, we'd like the team to be able to play in a league at Wide World this spring to prepare for the Cup.  As a result, we will be holding another Soccerthon this spring--stay tuned to this webpage and our facebook page ("S.S. PORT") for details as they become available. 

 

John fights Jonathan for the ball near the boards.

The Supervisors vs. Staff game was F-U-N!
There were no losers--all were winners for the cause of bringing awareness
to homelessness and working towards ending homelessness in our community
.
(Just for the record though, the Supervisors were mercilessly trounced by Staff)

S.S. PORT took on the Staff and won again!

 2012 Beat the Streets with Soccer Fundraiser

 

SSPORT and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office 4th annual "Beat the Streets with Soccer" annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 12-4pm at Worldwide Sportscenter located at 2140 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.   Attendance is free to the public.  Read more here.

 

Photos from 2011 National Cup

 
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2011 National Cup is Here!!

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SSPORT will again be competing in the Street Soccer USA Cup in Washington, D.C. beginning Friday, June 10th-Sunday, June 12th.   Visit us on Facebook at S.S. PORT for updates. 
 
 
 
 

3rd Annual Beat the Streets with Soccer Photos

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3rd Annual Beat the Streets with Soccer

On Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:00pm S.S.PORT will be having a fundraiser match against the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department. It will be held at WideWorld Sports Center located at 2140 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  See Flyer.  We would love to have a lot of people come out and cheer for SSPORT. The match is a free event but we will be selling raffle prizes which include a year supply of chocolate. If you can't make the event but would like to purchase raffle prizes please contact:

Sara Silvennoinen @ silvennoinens@ewashtenaw.org

Linda Bacigalupi @ bacigalupil@ewashtenaw.org or

Jim Bastian @ bastianj@ewashtenaw.org

 

 If you would like to donate to SSPORT please contact Sara Silvennoinen at (734)222-3727 or silvennoinens@ewashtenaw.org.  Checks can be made payable to SAWC FBO SSPORT and sent to PORT at P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.

24 Hour Soccerthon Fundraiser

Be a part of our 24  Hour Soccerthon to be held at WideWorld Sports Center Friday, December 10th at 6pm to Saturday, December 11th at 6pm.  All procees will benefit the SSPORT team.  
 
 
 
  
 

2010 Homeless World Cup Photos

 
 View photos of SSPORT player David Altherr representing the US National team at the Homeless World Cup in Brazil.
 
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SSPORT Player Picked to Play in Homeless World Cup in Rio

DA Pic.jpgSSPORT Player David Altherr was picked to play for the US team at the 8th annual Homeless World Cup in Rio, Brazil September 19-26th.   Congratulations Dave!! 

 

About Street Soccer

PORT Street Soccer's mission is to use soccer as a way to engage and empower the homeless in our community.  PORT Street Soccer's vision is to use soccer as a tool to provide a healthy social activity for people in the homeless community, with the goal of providing a positive and empowering experience. 

Soccer has been used to engage and empower homeless people around the world since the first homeless world cup began in 2003 (www.homelessworldcup.org).

In 2005 the U.S. team was started by Urban Ministries in North Carolina (www.communityworks945.org). In 2006 Urban Ministries engages with 133 individuals and of the 30 final team members, 75% moved off the streets, and 95% made significant life changes-entering drug treatment, going back to school etc... Seeing the positive influence soccer has on the homeless, PORT contacted Urban Ministries for information on starting a team and sent a staff member to a conference on Street Soccer in Charlotte North Carolina in July, 2007. The exciting outcome was that PORT decided to start its own homeless soccer team in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

SSPORT began its practices on August 2, 2007, with the hope of getting a team established to compete in the U.S. Cup (www.streetsoccerusa.org)  in June 2008 in Washington D.C.  SSPORT placed fourth out of 12 teams:  The teams they played against were:   Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Richmond, VA; San Francisco, CA; St. Louis, MO; Washington D.C. and the US Homeless National Team from last year.   

PORT received two awards:   The Washington Kastles Trophy-awarded to the Best Female Athlete as the Kastles, like SSUSA, promote and encourage the inclusion of women in sports and coed competition. Our only SSPORT female on the team won this award!

The Kevin Carroll Katalyst Trophy-awarded to the coach who best embodies and encourages Kevin,s mantra,  "A ball can change your life" by his or her work with players on and off the soccer field.   Our Coach Sara Silvennoinen won this award! In addition, she has been asked to coach the US National Team in Australia at the Homeless World Cup in December!

Read an online interview of coaches Sara Silvennoinen and Linda Bacigalupi, as well as a story about the athletes.

 

 

The Homeless World Cup (www.homelessworldcup.org) was held in Melbourne, Australia December 1-7, 2008.  Sara Silvennoinen, the SSPORT coach, also coached the the U.S. Team at the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia. 

Practices are currently held Thursdays from 2-4 pm at Wheeler Park in Ann Arbor.  If you have any questions or would like to help support the team, please contact Sara Silvennoinen at (734)222-3727 or silvennoinens@ewashtenaw.org .

SSPORT would like to thank The Hantz Group, Wide World Sports Center, and The Detroit Ignition and Zingerman's Deli for their support.

2010 Street Soccer USA Cup

SSPORT participated in it's 3rd Street Soccer USA Cup July 31st - August 2nd, and the team was awarded with the Fair Play Award.  View photos below.

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 2010 SSPORT Street Soccer USA Team

 

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SSPORT Becomes a Huffington Post Web Story

Check out SSPORT in the Huffington Post.  Click here to read the article.

 

Beat the Streets with Soccer

 
Please join us for our 2nd annual Washtenaw County Sheriif's Office versus Washtenaw County SSPORT soccer event, "Beat the Streets with Soccer".  It will be held Sunday, March 28th from 12:30pm-3:30pm at Wideworld Sportscenter located at 2140 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  Click Here to See Flyer
 

House Kicking Ball

 

SSPORT would like to say THANK YOU to the following donors:

 

Soccer Teams for Homeless Make a Difference

Read articles from the Kansas City Star or on KansasCity.com about homeless soccer. 

 
 

Check Out Photos from SSPORT's Trip to the 2009 Street Soccer USA Cup

SSPORT Player Chosen to Represent USA in Homeless World Cup

Sam Mejia of Ann Arbor's SSPORT team has been chosen to represent the USA team in the 2009 Homeless World Cup in Milan, Italy September 6-13, 2009.  Congratulations Sam!!

 

ESPN Story on Street Soccer

Read story about SSPORT on ESPN.com

 

SSPORT Schedule & Standings at 2009 Street Soccer USA Cup

 

Date                            

Team                    

Time                            

Score                  

Friday, July 31st

Ann Arbor v. Atlanta

10:40AM

 5-2 Win

 

Friday, July 31st

Ann Arbor v. San Francisco

4PM

 Loss

 

Friday, July 31st

Ann Arbor v. Montgomery County         

6PM

 Loss

 

Saturday, August 1st

Ann Arbor v. Sacramento

10AM

 1-6 Loss

 

Saturday, August 1st

Ann Arbor v. St. Louis

2:40PM

 4-1 Win

 

 Saturday, August 1st

 

 Ann Arbor v. Charlottesville

 5:20PM

2-6 Loss

Sunday, August 2nd

Ann Arbor v. Atlanta

9AM

 2-1 Win

 

Sunday, August 2nd

Ann Arbor v. Atlanta

 

1-4 Loss

 

 

2009 Street Soccer USA Cup

SSPORT will be traveling to Washington, D.C. July 31st-August 2nd, in Memory of John Leven, for the 2009 Street Soccer USA Cup.  Continue to check the website for daily updates.  Go SSPORT!!!! 

 

 

SSPORT Played in Local Soccer League

SSPORT joined a soccer league at Wide World Sports Center located at 2140 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  The game schedules and scores are below.

Day                             

Date                           

Time                            

Score  

                

Friday

May 8th

8:30PM

3-3 Tie

Friday

May 15th

8:30PM

3-3 Tie

Friday

May 15th

9:30PM

7-11 Loss

Friday

May 29th

7:20PM

3-3 Tie

Friday

June 5th

9:30PM

1-2 Loss

Friday

June 19th

8:30PM

8-8 Tie

Friday

June 26th

7:00PM

5-1 Win

Friday

June 26th

8:30PM

2-6 Loss

 

 

"Kicking Homelessness to the Curb"

Thank you to everyone who came to the game on March 29th to watch SSPORT play the the Washenaw County Sheriff's Office. The fundraiser was a huge success and everyone had a great time.  The game ended with an exciting 6-6 tie. 

 

We were able to raise over $2300, which is enough money to take the team to Washington D.C. for the Homeless US Cup. Please keep following the website for updates on the team and to follow SSPORT at the Homeless US Cup.

 If you would like to donate to SSPORT please contact Sara Silvennoinen at (734)222-3727 or silvennoinens@ewashtenaw.org.  Checks can be made payable to SAWC FBO SSPORT and sent to PORT at P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.

 

 

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