The Chester Upland Soccer for Success Program, an after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for underserved students, will host a Sweet Potato Dinner for participants and their families. All attendees will enjoy a healthy meal prepared by Widener’s ARAMARK chefs using sweet potatoes and other vegetables harvested from the garden cultivated by participants in the program. Extra vegetables not prepared for the meal will be distributed to parents. Parents will also receive sweet potato recipes and tips for healthy cooking.
What: Soccer for Success Sweet Potato Dinner
Who: Soccer for Success Program participants, their families and community partners
When: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.
Where: Stetser Elementary School, 808 E. 17th Street, Chester, PA 19013
Details: The U.S. Soccer Foundation selected Widener University to receive a $200,000 grant to operate Soccer for Success. The program began three years ago with 350 participants in three locations and has expanded to more than 500 students in seven locations including: Drexel Neumann Academy, Stetser Elementary and the Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester Community Charter School (East and West), Chester Charter School for the Arts and Frederick Douglas Christian School. The program is the result of collaborations between Widener’s Athletic Department, the School of Nursing, the Widener Center for Violence Prevention and the Widener student-led group Northern Star Sports in addition to the Philadelphia Union, the Chester Youth Collaborative as an affiliated organization of Crozer-Keystone Health Systems, the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation and Upland Borough.