Pushing for The Urban Soccer Initiative

For some time now, PUSH Buffalo has been working towards rehabbing Massachusetts Avenue Park (formerly vacant lot on Massachusetts Avenue between Winter and Lawrence – next to Boys and Girls Club). The group’s plan is to offer fun, safe park amenities to families on the West Side. When the park is complete, it will boast a splash pad, a multi-purpose field, refurbished basketball courts, an amphitheater and a skate-park. It was only recently that PUSH introduced a program in conjunction with The Urban Soccer Initiative (USI), a non-profit based out of Washington, DC. It is the goal of USI to bring the game of soccer to communities that might not already have access to the sport. Many times there is not enough park land to create a single field, so USI is in the business of creating smaller fields, while also helping to restore the larger ones that have fallen into disrepair.

This coming Friday, August 20th, PUSH is hosting a fundraiser at Sweet_ness 7 Café to raise money for the Massachusetts Park initiative. For $40 you can eat and drink the night away, and knowing the group involved I’m sure that there will be dancing as well. A silent auction will be held, where guests will be able to bid on various pieces donated by WNY artists. The fundraiser is being held from 8pm – 12am. To pre-purchase a ticket, simply head to www.UrbanSoccer.org.

Sweet_ness  7 Café
216-220 Grant Street
Buffalo NY 14213

About the author  ⁄ queenseyes

Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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