PHOTO: APR Agents, from left to right, Jennifer Gilson, Len Weaverling, Andrew Greenman, Sheldon Rilliet, and Emma Elfving post with SJ Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski (front).
The Burlingame and San Francisco offices of Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) are participating in an upcoming Street Soccer USA event, aimed to transform the lives of homeless men and women. The 4 vs. 4 tournament will be held June 22nd and 23rd on custom-built street soccer courts at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. Teams of homeless and formerly homeless athletes from across the region will compete side-by-side with amateur and business teams.
APR is an event sponsor, with the Burlingame and San Francisco offices fielding a corporate team in the tournament, and agents from both offices volunteering at the event. Chris Wondolowski, player for the San Jose Earthquakes and one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Ambassadors for the event, will be attending the APR team practices to help out with coaching.
Street Soccer USA creates positive community through sports around youth and adults who are homeless, dramatically transforming the context in which they live from one of isolation and marginalization to one of goal-setting and support. 75% of street soccer players connect to jobs, housing, complete a rehabilitation program, or further their education within a year of joining the program.
“Homelessness is a serious issue in the Bay Area,” said Joanne Wondolowski, Vice President and Manager of APR Burlingame. “We are proud to support an organization that gives individuals the opportunity to get back on their feet by providing them with the skills and confidence to transform their lives.”
For more information about this event, visit: http://www.streetsoccerusa.org/SFCup.