: News

Homeless Athletes Achieve Goals at Soccer Tournament

Play associated audio
Teams of homeless players from across the country face off in downtown D.C. as part of the 2010 Street Soccer U.S.A. Cup.
Jessica Gould
Teams of homeless players from across the country face off in downtown D.C. as part of the 2010 Street Soccer U.S.A. Cup.

By Jessica Gould

The Street Soccer USA Cup has kicked off in downtown, D.C. –bringing together homeless athletes from across the country.

The annual competition has all the trappings of a typical soccer tournament. There’s the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

And boisterous fans fill the stands.

But for the players -- who are homeless -- the event isn’t just about scoring goals. It’s about setting them. Street Soccer USA founder Lawrence Cann explains.

"On a basic level, you learn really practical work skills through sports. You have to be prepared for work every day. You have to be sober and focused. And to be accountable to your teammates, you have to do the same thing," Cann says.

Cann founded Street Soccer several years ago in an effort to build trust and community among the homeless.

There are now 19 teams across the country.

And this weekend, they're all in D.C. -- competing for the national championship and for spots on the U.S. Homeless World Cup team.

NPR

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
NPR

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
WAMU 88.5

The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

NPR

Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.