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New initiative gives young people the chance to play sports through community service

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The Seeds to Harvest Coalition is a collaboration of over 50 organizations offering free summer youth programs at North Commons Park.

MINNEAPOLIS – As the world prepares for the Tokyo Olympics, nearly 1,000 metro area youth will compete in the City of Lakes Community Summer Games.

“Football, futsal, team handball,” said Brett Buckner of the Seeds to Harvest Coalition. “The new initiative is based on the 100 Days of Joy and Safety, and on the fact that children have the opportunity to do more.”

The Seeds to Harvest Coalition is a collaboration of more than 50 organizations offering free summer youth programs at North Commons Park in north Minneapolis.

Bucker says the program started out as a response to COVID-19 as a way to bring the community together in difficult times.

“The cleanups, the tree planting and all of a sudden the sudden death of George Floyd forced us to do more,” Buckner said.

A summer futsal league launched by Twin Cities Sol Futsal Academy will take place at the park from July to August, offering young people the opportunity to play as a team.

But to participate in the program, each player must complete one hour of community service each week.

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“My idea was to adopt drains in northern Minneapolis,” said coach Mike Tate. “Eventually the streets need to be cleaned up and families and communities need to come together. “

As this community still mourns the loss of two young girls – shot dead in northern Minneapolis – and a 10-year-old who is still fighting for his life. The group hopes to raise funds, to make sure every child has a safe space this summer to just be a child.

“We have to allow our kids to come out and be kids,” coach Tate said. “If we go home because of the problems, we are not doing our children any favors.

“The key to what we do at Seeds is to water this seed and let it grow.”

To learn more about the program or to donate, visit the link here.

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