Gates Foundation Visitor Center celebrates soccer on Saturday with a free family event

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Do you have youngsters with a passion for all things soccer and/or the Sounders? If so, check out the free “Kick it Forward” Family Day hosted at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center this Saturday, March 23rd. The event celebrates the positive impact of soccer both locally and globally from 10am to 3pm, and admission is free!

It’s an all-ages event with plenty of activities that’ll bring together families, professional athletes and local soccer organizations to demonstrate how the sport encourages community engagement worldwide. According to the Gates Foundation, soccer “has become a catalyst for community and global development work including nutrition, HIV/AIDS education, malaria prevention, polio eradication, homelessness, literacy and youth leadership through the collaboration of nonprofits, businesses and professional leagues across the globe.”

In addition to guest appearances by former Seattle Sounders players Taylor Graham and Roger Levesque, local organizations such as Street Soccer Seattle, America Scores Seattle, and SOCCKET ball by Uncharted Play will be on hand to spread the word about soccer.

According to Charlotte Beall, Visitor Center Operations Manager:

“We are thrilled to celebrate the sport of soccer and spotlight the catalytic role athletes play in empowering youth in our region and around the world. Soccer is truly the world’s game and we are excited to invite local families to our next Family Day with fun and inspiring activities to highlight the importance of civic engagement.”

On Saturday, families can participate in activities that include: making soccer balls from recycled materials, learning how kicking a ball can generate electricity, and a story-time showing how soccer brings joy to kids around the world. Visitors can also play a pickup street soccer game and watch Homeless World Cup players demonstrate their skills on a temporary field set up outside the Visitor Center. Everyone is invited to this free family event!

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