Widener Gets Its Kicks Out of Soccer

June 19, 2014

Widener is a sponsor of the Philadelphia Union, the area’s major league soccer franchise based in Chester. The university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams occasionally play games at PPL Park.

By Khalil Williams ’16

Soccer is the talk of town as the World Cup takes place in Brazil. The U.S. soccer team made the country beam with excitement as they scored their first win against Ghana.

Widener University also holds similar levels of enthusiasm toward the sport, hosting a bevy of soccer-related programs, games, and events.

Widener teamed up with the Philadelphia Union Foundation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation to create the Chester Upland Soccer for Success initiative, designed to give children in the Chester and Upland communities opportunities to develop positive life skills, as well as learn how to play soccer.  The program “helps keep interest in school based on the correlation between field to classroom,”  according to an article by Widener graduate Nicolina Givin ’14 on the Blue & Gold.

The program will host a Soccer for Success World Cup Watch Party for the match between the U.S. and Portugal at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22.

In addition, North Star Sports and Talluto’s on Campus – two outfits that were organized by Widener students – also sponsor the program.  The Blue & Gold’s Autumn Heisler wrote about the collaboration between Soccer for Success and Talluto’s.

To learn more about Widener’s varsity soccer programs, visit the Athletics Department page at widenerpride.com.



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