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Fuel Soccer Talk: Mentoring through Soccer scores again in Atlanta; More from Mewis; Yoga for beginners

Atlanta scores again with latest grant for “Mentoring through Soccer”

The Atlanta United Foundation (AUF) and Soccer in the Streets are two amazing organizations that are teaming up to help make the game of soccer accessible and inclusive for individuals across the state of Georgia. Every city should have organizations like this – these should be the models not the exceptions.

Soccer in the Streets empowers underserved youth through sports-based training, character development, mentoring, and employability programs.

Breaking News: The AUF recently announced a grant of $280,570 over three years in support of ‘Mentoring through Soccer,’ a joint youth program of the Latin American Association (LAA) and Soccer in the Streets (SITS). The LAA, a nearly 50-year old nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latinos to adapt, integrate, and thrive, has been serving middle- and high-school aged youth of Latino communities for over two decades. The LAA’s youth education work centers on mentoring designed to prepare Latino youth for college and career.

PLEASE check out Soccer in the Streets
And the AUF

More from Samantha Mewis: U.S. star on training, nutrition

In May 2019, Samantha Mewis was named to the final 23-player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and played in six of the seven matches, including the 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final. Mewis is a world-class athlete who has dedicated her life to the game of soccer and being in the best physical shape she can be to perform at the highest level. She approaches fitness the same way she plays soccer – be the best you can in all areas.

“When I work out I like to cross train,” she said. “I do yoga, I love to ride my bike and I like going to spin classes. I think balancing things out is very important.”

She’s a big believer in doing things to “re-energize you.” “That’s why I love yoga because you not only are working on different muscles but it’s also a spiritual workout at the same time,” she says. “You get to focus on yourself and what you need.”

She also “focuses” on nutrition. “I try to eat a lot of greens and stay hydrated all the time and that’s had a huge impact on me,” she said. “The better you fuel yourself, the better your workout will be.”

Yoga For Complete Beginners – 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout!

OK, so you have never tried Yoga. But why haven’t you tried Yoga? It really is an amazing way to stay healthy and feel good. Young athletes should all be doing Yoga. And so should their brothers and sisters and even their parents. We can sit here all day long and tell you how great something is or we can ask you to try it for 20 minutes – tell me you don’t feel better after doing this.

Adriene welcomes all levels – complete and total beginners to start here! Hop on the mat and start to build the foundation of your own yoga practice with this 20 minute home workout video! Enjoy, stay mindful and find what feels good. Adriene has been my instructor for months now and I’ve discovered how life changing 20 minutes a day can be. TRY IT!!!!

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