DeKalb County Youth Soccer Organization SMYSA is kicking balls while taking donations to inspire our 16.8% of neighboring families living below poverty levels.
Every donation can help aid our community with support, food, clothing and toys for the holidays.
Stone Mountain, November 4, 2010: The Directory52 Network today announced that its plan to sponsor the 2010’s Stone Mountain Youth Soccer Fall Festival this November will definitely take place rain or shine. The company has long awaited an opportunity to work with a youth sports and community focused organization in the area. "Stone Mountain Youth Soccer Association has been around since 1982 , while many residents of DeKalb County do not even realize what impact they have on the youth,” said Mechelle Lewis, CEO of The Directory52 Network.
The SMYSA, 501 c3 Non-Profit, program is tucked away in the Wade Walker Park, but offers two fulfilling seasons per year for those aged 4 to 19. At Wade Walker sports offered are Baseball, Football, Cheerleading and of course Soccer. Before practice school kids have a place to do homework, watch past soccer games and during the summer enroll in Sports Camp. The adult men’s and women’s leagues grow with every season as well with experiences that will last a lifetime.
Entitled “Mountains of Inspiration” a theme that welcomes residents to come out and be inspired to grow the county by community participation will be the first of its kind but it will continue each Fall and Spring. At the Fall Festival we are expecting to receive donations that can support 80 homes in the area. The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed that in the Stone Mountain area alone, 9.3 percent of the population is living below the poverty line.
“There are lots of organizations that families in DeKalb County can contribute to, but giving donations and community support from DeKalb County and putting those resources back into DeKalb County seems like a smarter move for our economic growth. These kids and families are attending our schools, libraries and grocery stores, the least we can do is give them a brighter holiday season.” said Mechelle Lewis.
"I think this partnership will be the beginning of something great here at SMYSA especially since in 2012 we will be celebrating our 30th year anniversary and DeKalb County needs this.” said Keith James, Director of Recreation of SMYSA.
Come down to Wade Walker Park in the Stone Mountain area this Saturday, November 13, 2010 for SMYSA’s Mountains of Inspiration 1st Semi-Annual Festival in the Park! Festival entrances can be found on Rockbridge Road between South Hairston and Stone Mtn-Lithonia Road. With plenty of delicious food, amazing face painting from local artists, relay races, moon bouncing, poetry and great music on the Soccer Lawn; this is definitely a family-friendly event that can’t be missed!
This fun filled event is designed to promote and stimulate interest in the sport of soccer and community philanthropy. It provides the opportunity for all to come together donate can goods, clothing, coats and toys for other families in the DeKalb county area while supporting local business vendors.
Mountains of Inspiration Festival in the Park - Sunday, November 13th: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
For additional information, please visit the SMYSA website.
Mechelle Louis / The Directory52 Network