The Street Soccer USA Cup -- a tournament featuring teams of homeless men and women from around the country -- took place this weekend at Kastles Stadium in DC. The unique event pitted teams from as far away as Sacramento, Fort Worth and Minneapolis, all competing for the Leonsis Trophy and a chance to represent the US in this year's Homeless World Cup in Milan.
Street Soccer USA has been around since 2003 and has helped countless men and women better their situation through the positive power of sports. From the organization's website:
Across the country, SSUSA programs work with homeless youth and adults, building community, fostering a sense of belonging and accountability, and setting goals for a better future with the participants. Since 2005, 28 of our 32 National Team alumni have moved off and stayed off the street since being part of SSUSA. And to date, over seventy-five percent of the participants change their lives for the better including securing full-time jobs, long-term housing, and freedom from addiction and mental health afflictions.Pretty good stuff. Below are a few pictures of the Cup's games, which were shot for DCist. I'll update this post with a link to the story when it becomes available.