Title IX and Beyond
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, landmark legislation that has changed the game for women in education and sports, The Aspen Institute held a symposium featuring WNBA star and former three-time college player of the year Maya Moore and moderated by ESPN’s Tom Farrey to discuss such topics as “The Critical Role of Sports in Society” and “Extending the Promise of Title IX to All Girls.” Soccer Sisters United was a special invited guest and we screened an excerpt of the documentary, “The Anderson Monarchs.” We were able to share the importance of our program in helping to eliminate the deficit of young women in sports, which is most pronounced in urban and low-income communities like the one we serve. It was an exciting and enlightening event. Two-time Olympic medalist, Michelle Kwan made a surprise appearance; and Kim Crabbe, the first African American to play on the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team spoke about her experiences and hope to continue using soccer as an avenue for change. Ms. Crabbe travels along the East Coast delivering pop-up soccer clinics and has even donated to our club! Check out the picture of her, Mr. Farrey, Coach Barnes, and Kahlaa. Also, check out the video of Ms. Crabbe’s work:
Finish Line, U.S. Soccer Foundation Supports SSU
With the assistance of the Finish Line grant, we will implement a new nutrition and fitness education program, “Field of Health” as part of our training sessions. Participants will be equipped with “Get Fit Packs” including items to inspire our girls’ dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
With the assistance of the U.S. Soccer Foundation grant, we will meet our team equipment and home game needs. “All children should have the opportunity to be involved with programs that promote active, healthy lifestyles and that provide an alternative to the many negative influences children face today,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Check out the Foundation’s full press release by clicking here.
Our sincerest gratitude to these outstanding organizations!
Let’s Move! SSU with Mrs. Obama and U.S. Women’s Soccer Team
Women’s soccer made great strides Thursday, Oct. 6, joining First Lady Michelle Obama on the White House South Lawn to run drills as part of her active lifestyles campaign, Let’s Move! We were nominated by the U.S. Soccer Foundation to be one of only two soccer clubs in the nation to attend.
Mrs. Obama and members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team hosted the Let’s Move! clinic, inviting the Anderson Monarchs’ Girls Soccer Club; and Woodbridge, Va.’s Prince William Courage Soccer Club to run drills based on the principles of U.S. Soccer’s curriculum.
With Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Lori Lindsey, Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team by her side, Mrs. Obama noted their success in this year’s World Cup, and said to the youth teams, “they started out like you, as kids, just having fun.” She then joined the youth in kicking, running and passing practices.
We also spent the day visiting the newly revealed Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial, where the woman for whom we are named, Marian Anderson sang an open-air concert in 1939 after she was denied opportunity to perform for an integrated crowd in Constitution Hall. In between reflecting, lunch, and double-dutch – another game Mrs. Obama has played as to promote an active lifestyle – we signed a soccer ball to present as a gift to Mrs. Obama and her daughters, who also play soccer. In addition to the ball, our gift included Tsion Rocks jewelry that was handcrafted by a native Washingtonian; and Pimp My Tee t-shirt jerseys emblazoned with #44 on the back, and a portrait of President Obama made entirely of rhinestones that were designed by a native from our hometown, Philadelphia.
Check out some photos and media coverage from the day!
Mayor, Celebrity Athletes Attending Event to Benefit SSU
You’re invited! Local philanthropists Hacina Saadi and Lindsay Furman calls on everyone to open your heart and use your “inside voices” for a silent auction at Whisper Nightclub. The event, being held October 10 from 6-10p benefits Soccer Sisters United, Inc. and our ongoing athletic/community building program.
Miss Pennsylvania 2011, Amber-Joi Watkins will take on the red carpet from 6-7p to interview guests including the Honorable Mayor Michael Nutter; Philadelphia Union’s Freddy Adu; Philadelphia Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, and Todd Herremans. Celebrity blogger Arthur Kade and personalities from 6ABC and Fox29 are also among the confirmed guests.
Afterwards, Philly’s own Mark Gaines will be performing live renditions of songs from his forthcoming album, Mark My Words, and his debut, Loves Music, in between sets by DJs Eddie Tully and KY.
Items up for auction are a baseball signed by “The Big Piece” himself, Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard; a jersey signed by Philadelphia Flyers’ Chris Pronger; items signed by the Eagles; and restaurant and salon gift certificates among other great keepsakes and memory makers.
Whisper Nightclub is located at 1712 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. A $5 donation at the door is suggested, as is “dress to impress” attire. A percentage of the bar is also being donated to SSU, and Sampan, a local, modern Asian cuisine restaurant is providing hors d’oeuvres.
To be placed on the questlist, RSVP to Lindsay Furman at email@example.com.
United Arab Emirates Soccer Federation Visiting The Monarchs
The Philadelphia Independence has partnered with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to help build and strengthen their women’s soccer program at the youth, amatuer, and professional levels. The UAE has a delegation of players and coaches coming to Philadelphia and will be meeting our girls on July 1 (1-2:30pm) at Smith Playground! Soccer parents/supporters, please come out to support this great event.
Contact Coach Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andrew Olaleye (email@example.com) for more details.
1st Annual 4 vs 4 Street Soccer Fest
SSU and Chester City United are partnering up with The Philadelphia Union to host the first annual 4 vs 4 Street Soccer Festival. Our vision is to showcase soccer in its most original form with hopes of continuing our respective organization’s missions of bringing “the beautiful game” to urban youth throughout the Philadelphia/Chester area. Listed below are more details and we hope you will come out to have fun and support this great cause!
- Date/Time: July 9th /10am-4pm
- Ages: U-10, U-13, and 14-up
- Cost: $10 per player (proceeds benefit youth soccer in SE Pennsylvania)
- Features: Food, DJ, and all-around family fun
- Location: Parking Lot of PPL Park (2501 Seaport Drive, Chester, PA 19013)
- For registration information, access the following link:
- For additional questions, reach out to Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org or Neal at email@example.com
Sneak Peek of The Anderson Monarchs Documentary
Since February 2009, The Anderson Monarchs’ Girls Soccer Club has been the subject of a documentary feature film. The film, “The Anderson Monarchs” is being produced by Philadelphia native, Daniel M. Kalai; and produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Eugene Martin. Our documentary also has garnered great support as a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Sundance Documentary Film Grant and with backing from the BRITDOC Foundation, Urban Soccer Collective, The Philadelphia Foundation, and Girls Effect, among other generous organizations and individual sponsors. We anticipate a 2012 release. Meanwhile, check out the trailers and please visit the movie’s website at www.theandersonmonarchs.com for more information.
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Indoor Soccer Season Success
Congratulations to our three soccer teams for a successful indoor season! Our U-10 and High School teams won their age group, and our JV team placed third.
Anderson Monarchs Incorporates Soccer Sisters United
The Anderson Monarchs’ Girls Soccer Club has officially incorporated as Soccer Sisters United. Soccer Sisters United, Inc. governs our organization’s operations and promotes our vision to provide opportunities to young women and girls in our community. We continue to play under the name The Anderson Monarchs in honor of the great legacies that inspired our team’s formation.