Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Street Soccer Facility Open!

Completion of Street Soccer Pitch:

Announcing a remarkable new facility!

Inspired by the Homeless World Cup, Street Soccer 945 in Collaboration with the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have completed a customed designed soccer pitch on site at the Urban Minsitry Center in Uptwon Charlotte.

The Street Soccer Park involved over 50 volunteers from the homeless community as well as the hard work and dedication of faculity and students who helped brainstorm, plan, and design the project as part of an Architecture and Activism course put together by UNCC's Linda Samuels and Street Soccer's own Lawrence Cann and advised by Art Professor Francess Hawthorne, also of UNCC.

The project was funded by the first ever Chancellor's Diversity grant at UNCC with matching funds from the College of Architecture and the Urban Ministry Center.

Additionaly, the project incorporated recyled materials and recruited donations of cement and other materials.

The pitch, designed for four on four street soccer in the style of the Homeless World Cup, is divided into a grid that includes original artwork including visual poetry, graffiti, and ex temporanious styles all done by members of the homeless community.

The park played host to national team training for Homeless World Cup in Denmark this past weekend and will host the cities from around the country at the second US Cup in Charlotte this July.

The park also incorporates a stage which will facilitate forums, concerts, and open mics, fostering a postive, proactive environment while raising awareness for the issue of homelessness in the US.

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