On June 23rd, the Beyond Soccer Series powered by streetfootballworld gathered with key leaders and influencers in the U.S. soccer industry in San Francisco for the first time ever for what was an insightful evening of discussion, collaboration, and connection.
U.S. soccer stars Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe joined for the Beyond Soccer Series, powered by streetfootballworld. The World Cup and Olympic champions led figures from sport, business and philanthropy to explore the powerful ability of soccer to break down barriers, generate awareness, and affect sustainable and enduring change in communities worldwide.
The other panel of the evening invited Amanda Vandervort, Vice President of Social Media and Customer Relationship, MLS; Jeff Mallett, Co-owner, Vancouver Whitecaps and Managing Partner San Francisco Giants and Dave Kaval President, San Jose Earthquakes, to give opinions on the role of tech and innovation in soccer.
Dating back to 2011, the Beyond Soccer Series powered by streetfootballworld was developed to discuss America’s fastest growing sport and how to capitalize on the global popularity of the game to create positive global change. The 2015 series took place in New York City and discussed the power of the athlete as well as the importance of diversity and inclusion. Key speakers included UNICEF USA CEO Caryl Stern, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter, and MLS stars Jeb Brovsky, Michael Lahoud, and Sean Johnson.