Shahar is leading Team PS2G in a Friday night league organized by PS2G's charity partner Street Soccer USA and he's just been hired as a SSUSA youth coach! Help us support Team USA at the Homeless World Cup by playing in our games or donate via Givz.
We are so excited to have Shahar volunteering his time at the 2018 Mexico City HWC. His journalism background will greatly help PS2G in our continued support of Street Soccer USA and the Homeless World Cup!
Since Shahar moved from his native Israel to the United States at age 11, the beautiful game has held a special role in his life. In a new country with unfamiliar sights, smells, and sounds the football pitch provided an island of familiarity.
This feeling of belonging that the game provides has followed Golan from Seattle, to Bellingham, to his stint working and traveling in Asia, and most recently New York City. Living in Brooklyn, Golan was delighted to find PlaySoccer2Give pick-up sessions and become a PS2G Game Leader.
As he planted roots in the City Golan expanded his relation with the game to coaching youth soccer. He did so with one of our former charity partners America Scores, where he led an elementary school’s boys team from Flatbush to a championship in the program’s first season. Golan says that his team was made of many immigrant youth, adding that their relation to the game resonated with his own experience. He says that their shared love for the game allows him to connect with kids from drastically different backgrounds. Ones that in other circumstances he would struggle to find common ground with. This Golan says, is the power of football, which he calls a “global language.”