St Lucia – CASTRIES: Experts that use soccer to tackle racism, gender inequality, violent extremism, refugee integration and more, will gather for first-of-its-kind event.
International non-profit organisation streetfootballworld will bring together experts with over 100 years of collective experience in using soccer to change the world. They believe in a future in which boys and girls are treated as equals both on and off the field — a future in which everyone has access to safe places to play and in which social purpose is embedded at the heart of the sports industry.
Taking place in Atlanta, GA between March 10th-12th will be the North America & Caribbean regional meeting where streetfootballworld’s Network Members from the region will convene.
In all, these organisations will represent the four countries of the USA, St. Lucia, Haiti, and Mexico.
The streetfootballworld (SFW) Network connects over 120 organisations in 70 countries that use the power of the world’s most popular sport to tackle urgent social issues affecting young people. Every two years, a Network Board is elected to represent the fast-growing field of ‘soccer for good,’ representing true pioneers in the field from across the world.
St Lucia based Sacred Sports Foundation, is the only English-speaking Caribbean member of streetfootballworld and FIFA Football for Hope supported NGO. “The breadth and diversity of the network is unequalled and we are honoured to be attending this important gathering” says Chairman – Delroy Alexander. “By utilising Network member skills and building sustainable new partnerships, we can provide global leadership in the sports for development field. And critically, provide a collective, reasoned, approach to complex social challenges”.
The landmark event coincides with an exciting time for soccer in Atlanta; the city’s new pro soccer team Atlanta United FC, backed by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur M Blank, kicks off its inaugural season in March, having set a season ticket sales record for an MLS expansion team. Meanwhile, local streetfootballworld Network Member Soccer in the Streets recently launched the first-ever soccer pitch located within a train station – the first of its kind in the world.