Waving flags, leading chants, and encouraging one and all to stand up and cheer, the Southsiders have been the Vancouver Whitecaps‘ supporter club since 1999. Following the team from Swangard, to Empire, and into BC Place, their presence is always known. However, they have also been working behind the scenes with the Vancouver Southsiders Charitable Causes Committee (“VSCCC”).
This year the supporter club will in-turn be supporting the Vancouver Street Soccer League (“VSSL”).
The Vancouver Street Soccer League uses soccer to inspire and empower. Our league is made up of teams that provide friendship for the homeless, physical fitness for the ill and addicted, direction for at-risk youth, and cultural focus for other unique communities such as inner-city First Nations people. The Vancouver Street Soccer League is also associated with Street Soccer Canada and the Homeless World Cup.
They already auctioned off a signed jersey and hosted a raffle to support the VSSL but their biggest fundraising campaign is just coming up. For $20 you can purchase a retro-style scarf that features “Vancouver” on one side and “I Believe” on the other. One end has the Southsiders logo and the other sports to VSSL logo.
You can reserve your scarf now (and pay upon pickup) or pay online right away.
“The VSSL isn’t just a recreational league for people to kick a ball around – it’s a means of bringing people together to begin building self-esteem, confidence, health and hope. It’s all about empowering people to find their way to a better life,” said VSCCC chair John Knox, a founding member of the Southsiders.
While you’re at it, you can join the Southsiders this season as well. The $30 membership package comes with a membership card, a pin, priority access to away games, a scarf, and more.