(SACRAMENTO) — Soccer has become a vehicle for social change through Street Soccer USA, the organization that brings free pop-up stadiums to low-income neighborhoods for pickup games. The movement has grown in popularity and encompasses several city teams with players from homeless or refugee communities.
With sponsorship from UC Davis Health and Sacramento Republic FC, 14 street soccer teams are coming to Old Sacramento this weekend to compete in their 5th annual championship games.
In addition to one team winning the Social Change National Cup, eight men and eight women will be selected to compete in the Homeless World Cup in Mexico City in November. Sacramento community members can also join in and compete in Corporate and Open Cup divisions.
UC Davis Health support for the event includes free primary health care services in collaboration with Elica Health. A jointly operated mobile health clinic, staffed by family and community medicine residents, will be onsite to provide basic exams and flu shots for those who need them. (Watch a video about the mobile health clinic.)
Street Soccer USA Cup Games
Dates and Times
Friday, Oct. 5: 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
All events are free. A map and schedule details are online.
Next, UC Davis Health sponsorship will lead to a new, permanent Street Soccer court in Oak Park — bringing soccer and its many benefits to the community on an ongoing basis.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the health of the communities we serve, and street soccer is an inclusive way to bring healthy competition to neighborhoods that otherwise may not have access to opportunities for safe outdoor physical activity,” said Khanh-Nhat Tran-Viet, director of community partnerships and affiliations with UC Davis Health.
More information about UC Davis Health's commitment to community engagement and improving access to health is online.