Jul 21

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7th Annual Project Play Soccer Benefit this Sunday!


Getting tired of us telling you things to do in the Portola this summer? Tough. Now you’ve got to choose between a block party at the library, or going down to Fat Deli Beli taking part in a soccer fund raiser for a worthy cause. Heck, be bold, do both!

So what’s Project Play Soccer?

Project Play Soccer was inspired by Mike Mitchell, Founder and President, while he was a Peace Corp volunteer in Niger, West Africa from 1983 to 1985. There he saw first hand the poverty and despair in the communities he visited. A collegiate soccer player, Mike found a common ground with the people of Niger – the love of soccer.

Coaching youth soccer and playing as the only non-national on the local men’s soccer team, he experienced how a soccer ball was a tool against violence and poverty and brought hope and happiness, especially to children. Over twenty years later in 2006 Project Play Soccer was incorporated as a non-profit organization.

And this Sunday, between 3pm and 8pm, they are blocking off the street next to Fat Beli Deli for live music by Kevin Brennan (formally with Van Morrison), Steve Cook (Spark N Cinder from Chico)) and The Mystic Trubadoors from Santa Cruz, food galore, raffles, celebs if possible will help for sure, spread the word and come yourself, why not you might even meet an elf!!!! (Ed: Really not sure about an elf playing soccer…)

For a bit more information on this wonderful organization, check out the following video. Oh, and if you don’t know what Fat Beli Deli is, then checkout Yelp for information on one of the best sandwiches places in the Portola.

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