Travel Sports by Subway | Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel | HBO

Travel Sports by Subway | Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel | HBO


JON FRANKEL:
Sports used to be one way
to reach kids most in need,
and in Atlanta,one group is hoping
to make that possible again.
That’s why they’ve been building
small soccer fields
in a very unlikely place:subway stations.The two reasons they’re
not playing
in an organized league are… Lack of finance
and lack of transportation. Can’t afford it,
can’t get there? Yeah.
A lot of the time, their mother might be working
two or three jobs. She’s not available to take them
to soccer.Our premise was, well,
let’s use public transportation
to connect the kids.FRANKEL:So, Phil Hill,the executive director
of Soccer in the Streets,
set out to create
a travel soccer program
unlike any other.A league of stations.Kids don’t have to be
driven by a parent,
and they don’t have to flyto another state
for their games.
All they have to do
is get on the subway,
walk to a field, and play.And one more thing:It’s free.The concept is a hit,
and it has struck a chord
with the man who is overseeing
its creation.
Because while Hill is working
to change
the youth sports system
in Atlanta,
he’s also a parent,
whose son plays
for one of the city’s top
travel soccer programs.
Is there some twist for you,
that you have your son participating
in a private club program, and yet… you’ve started
this program? If I fly with my ten-year-old
off to a tournament somewhere, and I realize the amount
of commitment financial-wise and time-wise– I’ve got to take a day
off work to fly. I’ve got to drive eight hours,
you know, I pay for the
150-dollar hotel room… It’s every single time I give the credit card
across the counteror check in at the airport,I’m thinking,
our kids can’t do this.
♪ (“REAL SPORTS”
THEME MUSIC PLAYING) ♪

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