The August 16 Atlanta BeltLine Soccer Street Cup was a morning of fun and friendly competition for nearly 30 youth and a handful of parents. Presented in partnership with Soccer in the Streets at Washington Park, the event enticed families from all around the metro Atlanta area, where they met new friends and engaged in exciting match ups. In addition to some newer players, a few more seasoned players even managed to call their own fouls and manage the games.
Street Cups are designed to use competition to test participants’ mastery of character traits such as teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, perseverance, and tolerance. Games are played with small teams in order to increase interaction, teams are created on the day of the event in order to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques.
“The Atlanta BeltLine Street Cup is one of many activities available through the free fitness programming the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is developing to engage the community in healthy, active lifestyles through partnerships with other health-centric organizations such as Soccer in the Streets,” said Atlanta BeltLine Interim Executive Director Rob Brawner. “We are excited to offer fun, exciting ways to get Atlantans moving.”
As part of its mission, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership creates programming to help achieve the positive social benefits of the Atlanta Beltline vision. By offering fun, healthy activities along the Atlanta BeltLine, the Partnership is strengthening communities and helping create a healthier Atlanta.