Street Soccer 658 was founded in 2004 at the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, NC as the nation’s first year-round, life-skills based soccer program for individuals experiencing homelessness. In 2017 Project 658 became the new home for Street Soccer and the program was re-branded as Street Soccer 658. It is recognized as the founding program for Street Soccer USA, a network of 16 similar programs across the United States. Through our sport-for-development platform, we believe that meaningful social change can be enacted not just at the policy level, but also in individual people’s daily lives. Therefore, Street Soccer as an organization is dedicated to meeting our players where they are in life, providing a reliable outlet, reinforcing positive behavior, and building a supportive network within the communities we serve. Our ultimate goal is to effect sustainable, long term change in the lives of our players.
The Street Soccer 658 model is broad and simple:
1. We engage at risk youth and adults and use team sports to build trust amongst our team and the community at large.
2. We evaluate our players needs through a rubric evaluation process in order to create best practices for the issues specific to each player we serve.
3. We hold players accountable and empower them to achieve their goals.