Do you think every child should get to play organized soccer? You can make that happen in central Brooklyn at the heart of the obesity epidemic for scores of children. Support the first-ever Crown Heights Soccer Eagles league by attending Soccer for Harmony on Sunday, December 18: a day of soccer, fun, healthy food and music. There will be a holliday flea market and cook-off featuring local chefs and artisans at PS 221, in addition to soccer games for both adults and children!
The event honors Christopher Rose, a promising child stabbed to death at the age of 15 in 2005 when a gang of youth tried to steal his friend’s iPod. We honor his memory and others like him who died too young from violence. This is a very special event to prevent more sad stories like Christopher’s.
Seeds in the Middle and Hip2B Healthy was founded in the fall of 2009 under the pretense that there were limited opportunities for neighborhood youth to play organized sports in Crown Heights, or or affordable ones at that. Public funding had dried up and parents were working hard just to make ends meet. They worried constantly about the lack of activities and safety of their children. “Seeds” programs are now making healthy choices easy, accessible and affordable to all.
The first-ever Crown Heights youth soccer program – for all children – also started in fall 2009. Since it’s inception, they have engaged more than 500 players, ages 4-14, and parents for up to 3 days a week at low cost or, for those in need, for free. Now in training are the first team members of the Crown Heights Soccer Eagles – under the leadership of former professional player, Joe Cabral, of Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), who trained at the same academy as Cristiano Ronaldo, Figo and Nani. Indoor programs start in December and they are planning to have a full program for the spring.
I will be posting as more details arise, but Seeds in the Middle will be looking to include a number of people in this event:
-Local Artisans: Show Crown Heights what you have to offer!
-Chefs: Support Seeds programming and show off your cooking at the tasting tables!
-Soccer players: Sign up to play in this one-day tournament! Groups will be split by age/gender.
-Sponsors: There are a number of opportunities for sponsorship on banners, t-shirts, the Seeds website, and more.
Please email all inquiries and interest to firstname.lastname@example.org