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4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance Novenmer Newsletter

Register for "ThanksKicking"


Burn off your Turkey Hangover at our Fundraising Futsal Tournament! Nov 29-30 at Rose City Futsal


Rose City Futsal is rolling out the welcome mat for Futsal teams Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30. This two-day tournament will support 4WU’s Summer Soccer Programming. There are groups for youth, teens and adults, so players of all levels and ages are invited. Every team is guaranteed 4 games. Register your team right now at http://4worldsunited.org/thankskicking/ 

Our Summer Soccer Programs serve kids from some of Portland’s most vulnerable communities. Proceeds from the tournament will help us reach even more low-income soccer players in 2015. Come join the fun!
Register now before all the slots are filled!
 

Stand Together Week w/ Timbers



Portland Timbers Midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Steve Zakuani shared their love of soccer with more than forty 4WU players, representing more than ten countries. Most 4WU players are refugees or immigrants; many of them are from Africa. Zakuani, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, articulately described the experience of refugee children, explaining that he too was a refugee in England. He said, “Soccer is a universal sport with a universal language” and he encouraged the kids to keep kicking the ball around. Nagbe, who is from Liberia, explained that playing soccer allows you to “forget about all your other worries.” Surprised by the talent on display at Powell Park, Nagbe was quick to smile when asked if he thought his presence might be inspiring. He said he hoped his visit might help 4WU players “get closer to their dreams.” The mission of Stand Together Week 2014 was to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the Portland Metro Area. To learn more about 4WU’s Stand Together Event, watch this video clip.
 

4WU Needs Your Support

There are several ways you can support 4th world youth
and 4 Worlds United today:

Donate Today
Your donations will help these kids get past the "pay to play" system that keeps so many of them off the field. 

As a 501c3 organization, your donations are tax deductible.

Click on the “Donate” link, or you can send a check to:
4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance
4207 SE Woodstock Blvd #482
Portland OR 97206

Volunteer
There are several ways you can personally step in to make a difference:

Drivers
This need is greater now more than ever. Our kids often need help getting to and from their soccer practices and games. You can drive two kids or a whole car-load, usually no more than once or twice a week.

Mentors
Many of the children we work with lack available and dedicated role models to help them stay on track with their lives.

Story Tellers
Can you create compelling images and evocative stories with your photos or words? If so we’d love to talk to you more about telling some of the stories of the kids we work with.


Advocate
Do you know someone who might be interested in helping us reach our goals?  Forward this email to them, direct them to our website, our Facebook page or Twitter feed. Tell them about 4 Worlds United!

We at 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance thank you for your time and your help at any level. Working together, we can all make Portland "Soccer City USA" for every player that wants to get into the game.

Sincerely,
Mark Verna
Founder and President
4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance, Portland Oregon

4WU November Update
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We are Thankful For:
1) The Portland Timbers Community Fund. PTCF awarded a $7,000 grant to support 4WU’s scholarship program. This generous grant will help us connect talented, low-income players with recreational and club teams.
2) Our dedicated volunteer drivers. They provide 4WU players with transportation to practices, games and tournaments.
3) The Timbers Tix for Kids program. 4WU players were able to cheer on the Timbers at three games last season.
4) Our volunteer coaches. They lead our Summer Soccer in the Park programs and serve more than 100 players.
 
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Find 4WU in the 2014 Willamette Week Give!Guide
Willamette Week is making giving to 4WU even easier. Starting November 5, all you have to do is go to WW’s Gift!Guide to make an online donation to 4WU. Take advantage of free incentives like like a free scoop of Salt & Straw ice-cream
or a Timbers Prize Package by clicking here to make your year-end, tax deductible gift now.
 
What is a 4th World person?
A 4th World person resides in the 1st world but is isolated from that world due to cultural, language, and economic barriers. Often these players are recent immigrants or refugee families, arriving in the US with little knowledge of our customs and with limited skills to start their new lives. The children often suffer due to their isolation. One of the things that many of these children have is a deep love of soccer. 4WU builds on their desire to play soccer, using it to connect them to the larger game of life here, in their new home.
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Our mailing address is:
4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance
4207 SE Woodstock Blvd #482
Portland, Oregon 97206

4 Worlds United Soccer Association is a 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.
 
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