The Sports for Social Change Awards honored Street Soccer USA and individuals who help the organization use the sport to help end homelessness. Athlete and achievement awardee Christopher Lodgeson told the crowd, "I am no model or extraordinary figure. I am but a man. And I have been given a gift - you have given me my future back."
Thursday night's Sports for Social Change Awards honored Street Soccer USA and individuals who help the organization use sport to end homelessness. Heather Guay, Kim Luk, Tara de Nicolas and Wendy Adler have a ball at the Organization of American States.
Pamela Sorensen, ABC7's Rebecca Cooper and friend toast the extraordinary athletes.
Street Soccer athlete Angelo Espiritusanto looks forward to another exciting soccer season.
"It would be an interesting game if we played them. They have a great team," said D.C. United midfielder Clyde Simms, shown here with Sports show host Ivan Carter and Matt Hebert.
David Sutphen of the Internet Innovation Alliance, White House Staffer "McBride," and the Holster Project's Justin Fishkin kick around for the cause.
D.C. United's Kevin Payne and Greater Washington Sports Alliance President Bob Sweeney flank Business Leadership Award winner Fernando Murias.
Amanda Carpenter and David Taylor promote the use of sports for social change.
Justin Fishkin poses with Sarah Catanzaro, Samantha Taylor and Justin Schneck at the 2nd annual benefit for Street Soccer USA.
Ted Leonsis with his family and Susan Koch, about whom he said later in the evening, "She showed us that a ball really can change your life." Ted's son Zachary was recognized with the Youth Service Award during the evening.
Philanthropy honoree Sheila Johnson poses with the new women's Street Soccer jersey after announcing that she's bringing a team to DC: the Lady Salamanders.