Team Brasil battles Team USA at Cal Anderson

The World Cup has come and gone but there’s still some football to be played. For those of you not escaping the Hill this weekend and the old timey joys of traditional-Seattle Seafair — Blue Angel time again, week’s practice and performance schedule here — here’s a fun event for a good cause. Bahia Street is holding a USA vs. BRASIL soccer match on Cal Anderson’s Bobby Morris Playfield this weekend to raise funds for their work to provide educational opportunities to girls and women in Salvador, Brazil. In addition to the soccer, you’ll also be treated to Brazilian bateria and dancing. Speaking of dancing: Watch for the pale Brazilian midfielder in the jseattle jersey. He’s Kaká-esque. More details below.

Soccer not your game? Saturday is also the Hopvine‘s annual Volunteer Park tennis tourney. Worth your attendance for the sports fashion alone. Starts at noon. More information on posters on utility poles on 15th Ave E until the guy I watched ripping some down rips them all down.

BRASIL VS. USA: A SOCCER GAME TO END POVERTY – AUGUST 7

SEATTLE— International, grassroots non-profit Bahia Street livens Capitol Hill with a Brasil  vs. USA soccer game to end poverty on Saturday, August 7, 2010. The match kicks off  at 1 pm at Cal Anderson Park’s Bobby Morris Playfield (1100 E Pine St). Entrance is free, donations accepted, and all proceeds benefit Bahia Street.  

Pre-determined community players will jive for the ball as if it is a normal game of soccer. But it will be no typical game. Donations from spectators will affect game-play, as once a team earns $500, they will have a goal added to their score. Soccer enthusiasts, families, Brazilophiles, and spectators from all over will enjoy the festivities.

The match also boasts a mid-game show with a Brazilian bateria (percussion group) led by Will MacArthur, capoeira by FICA Seattle led by Contra Mestre Silvinho, and joining them will be Brazilian capoeirista and sambista, Francisco Pacifico.

Bahia Street is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Salvador, and London, that breaks the cycle of poverty and violence through education.  Bahia Street provides high quality education, health and nutrition services, leadership training, and community outreach with the goal of fostering greater equality for impoverished girls and their families living in the shantytowns of Salvador.  

Because of Bahia Street’s commitment to locally-driven social change, twelve girls have now entered university. With new initiatives focused on high school girls and parental support, a next generation of activists are able to successfully work for change for their communities.  www.bahiastreet.org

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