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For WPS Players, Community Involvement is a Part of the Game

By Jo-Ryan Salazar On September - 29 - 2010

A cacophony of noise and laughter can be seen from the playgrounds amidst the high rises in San Francisco’s rough-and-tumble Tenderloin district.  Kids sprint across the hard asphalt with balls launched at them in a game that could be considered as a hybrid between kickball and dodgeball.

“First, it’s about enjoying yourself–having fun–and then it’s about expressing yourself as an individual with the ball on the field, and third it’s about being with your friends and working together as teammates,” 1999 World Cup champion and FC Gold Pride forward Tiffeny Milbrett said when asked about the benefits soccer can give to anyone.

In a league where celebrity stardom and big paychecks are trumped by a simple love of playing the game and exposing the sport for what it is, Women’s Professional Soccer's grassroots benefits to the local community have become an important part of its mission and overall growth.

Players in WPS feel a genuine responsibility to become part of the fabric of their local communities. For many, it’s ...

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