2011 Sport For Social Change Awards

Washington, DC ( June 4, 2011) – This past Wednesday, four distinct members of the national sports community were honored at the Sport For Social Change Awards hosted by Street Soccer USA at the Embassy of France.

Hall of Fame footballer and current Senior VP of Player Engagement at the NFL, Troy Vincent accepted the Sport For Social Change Award in Leadership for his work locally and Trenton as well the national initiatives he has led to teach financial literacy and education. This award was presented by former Trenton mayor, Douglas Palmer.

The Salamander Women’s Impact award, presented by WNBA Washington Mystics President Sheila Johnson, was awarded to Lisa Wrightsman of Sacramento California, who is also a graduate of the Street Soccer USA program.

HELP USA Chairman Maria Cuomo Cole highlighted Mark Ein’s overall contribution to the city of D.C and presented him with the Sport for Social Change Award in Philanthropy. Mark recognized his staff and personal connection to people like Craig Holley whom he has seen overcome homelessness through sport.

Sport For Social Change Awardee in the category of youth service, Will Garofalo, described how his experience volunteering had changed his view and the views of his friends about social issues, especially homelessness and poverty.

Street Soccer USA mission is to build community and trust through sports with participants and volunteers, transforming the context within which they live from one of isolation, abuse, and marginalization, to one of community, purpose, and achievement. They strive to empower participants by marrying clinical services to sport programming and providing access to educational/employment opportunities through their Jobs Academy.

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