Soccer Jam Supports Homeless Youth

June 14, 2013

Sport Administration and Leadership graduate students raised more than $3200 for Street Soccer Seattle at the Cap Hill Soccer Jam on May 25. Street Soccer Seattle, a program for homeless individuals, fosters camaraderie, community, and confidence through the sport of soccer. Students in the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL) program designed, planned, marketed, and managed the weekend event which drew more than 200 participants from the greater Seattle area.
“We specifically created a 9-month Sport Administration and Leadership Class Series to give our graduate students the opportunity to create and manage a sport event in service to the community,” said Professor Galen Trail, director of the MSAL program. “They decided on the event and the organization to support.”

Street Soccer Seattle has been effective in empowering homeless individuals to find greater success and peace in their lives. By raising funds in support of the program, MACJ students used the Cap Hill Soccer Jam as a vehicle for social change in the homeless community. The event was also a means to address attitudes toward the homeless community.
The Sport Administration and Leadership Class Series includes event design, event planning, and sport operations and event management. Students learn practical, hands-on skills related to developing and promoting events while using sport to meaningfully affect change in their community. The series and a capstone project are among the requirements for the 45-credit MSAL program.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 6 master’s degrees.