At­lanta United con­nects with fans

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS FRIDAY - By Jor­dan Cul­ver

MARIETTA, Ga. — Be­fore the de­but of At­lanta United, N’keschia Brun­didge-Clark never ex­pected At­lanta to turn into a soc­cer town.

Brun­didge-Clark, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the James T. An­der­son Boys & Girls Club in Marietta, Ga., is an At­lanta na­tive and has worked in Marietta for four years.

At the very least, At­lanta United has made a fan out of her. The Five Stripes part­nered with MLS Works – the league’s com­mu­nity outreach arm – to trans­form the James T. An­der­son Boys & Girls Club. The club on Thurs­day un­veiled a new teen cen­ter for the club’s 130-154 kids, as well as a mini-pitch. The en­tire pro­ject came to­gether in a lit­tle more than a week.

“It’s about build­ing a com­mu­nity,” Brun­didge-Clark said. “Show­ing our kids how to be a team, as well. Show­ing them how some­thing can change in just a week, if you put your mind to it and get ev­ery­body to­gether for the com­mon good. It’s an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence for our kids. To see them in ac­tion right now with the room be­ing un­veiled and how ex­cited happy they are, I’m ex­cited for them. It’s a good feel­ing.”

At­lanta United pres­i­dent Darren Eales was on hand for the an­nounce­ment, as were league com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber and At­lanta United play­ers Mikey Am­brose and Ro­mario Wil­liams.

Am­brose was traded to At­lanta by Or­lando City and Wil­liams is for­mer UCF men’s soc­cer stand­out.

They sur­prised a group of chil­dren brought into the ren­o­vated teen cen­ter, which was spruced up with tele­vi­sions and show­cased el­e­ments of the Five

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