From the 19th to the 26th of September teams from around the world including a team of 8 men from Vancouver will play soccer in Rio, Brazil. Sixty four national teams from around the world will be playing in this tournament and the players are all homeless. Mel Young is the founder of the Homeless World Cup and he explains why he created this initiative on their website.
“We simply use football as a way of getting homeless people to come together to begin to take responsibility for the next step in their lives. We have created a global football stage where we have simply changed the landscape around homeless people and then they change as a result. It is simple. It is magic. It is working. Thousands of homeless people have changed their lives forever as a result of being involved. We now have around 80 countries connected with the Homeless World Cup and the network is growing. More people are getting involved and importantly more homeless people – now formerly homeless people – are taking up lead roles.”
The Homeless World Cup is a wonderful and creative way that people are helping homeless on a global scale. If you want to keep an eye on our Vancouver team click here and to learn more about this cause click here.
Go Canada Go!