SSUSA uses the power of soccer to help homeless men and women dramatically transform their lives. We utilize the power of sports, in this case soccer, to promote player development not merely on the field, but in every aspect of life.
The applicant MUST be 16 years of age or older. SSUSA sees homelessness as the result of a breakdown of community. Rather than treating homelessness as a series of individuals with problems, we form and foster, through sports, a positive community for people who are homeless. SSUSA then uses this team platform to create a training curriculum of job preparation, life skills, and other specialized services, ultimately connecting participants directly to jobs, education, and housing.
Raising Our Game to Address a National Epidemic Research has found that organized sports have physical, emotional, and interpersonal benefits for children, especially those who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect, and parental incarceration. But organized sports are slipping out of reach for low-income families, as the cost of gear, fees, and travel are driving a “pay to play” model. For kids in poverty, 80% to 90% experience traumatic childhoods and less than 25% have access to team sports.