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Philadelphia foster youth score points from Beijing Olympic soccer champion
Kate Sobrero MargrafPhiladelphia, PA (September 13, 2008) – Kate Sobrero Markgraf, Juvenile Law Center Board member and Olympic gold medalist, is holding a special soccer clinic this morning at Palumbo Recreation Center field to encourage foster youth to get involved in recreation league soccer. Juvenile Law Center partnered with the City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services and Department of Recreation to organize the event. "It is important for children to have fun and experience the sense of belonging that comes with being part of a team,” says Markgraf.

“I strongly support the work of Juvenile Law Center and their mission to protect at-risk children and create opportunities for success. Encouraging the kids to learn new skills and get involved is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem.”

More than 40 foster youth and their families are slated to gather this morning at 10:00 a.m. on Palumbo field to meet Markgraf, learn basic soccer skills and be inspired to join the new citywide Department of Recreation youth soccer league initiative at one of 30 new locations.
Youth and parents can get more information about where to register in their neighborhoods; registration and equipment will be free of charge as part of the city’s commitment to provide healthy opportunities for youth. Mayor Michael Nutter will be welcoming children and participating in the morning’s activities.

"This is a great opportunity for foster youth here in Philadelphia to learn from an Olympic champion," said Mayor Nutter. "We are pleased to partner with Juvenile Law Center in its efforts to provide these sorts of opportunities to these young people."

“Foster youth and disadvantaged children have fewer opportunities to participate in rewarding, extracurricular sports and activities,” says Marsha Levick, Legal Director at Juvenile Law Center. “Kate’s dedication to helping kids in need is precisely why we are so grateful to have her as part of the JLC team.”

Each youth in attendance will receive a specially created T-shirt and commemorative gold medal courtesy of the law firm Hangley, Aronchick, Segal and Pudlin. Donations for the day’s activities have also been provided by Modell’s Sporting Goods, Bonte Wafflerie & Café, Kenny’s Imprintables and Spike’s Trophies.

Juvenile Law Center is a national, non-profit, public interest law firm that advances and protects the rights and well-being of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Juvenile Law Center is a resource for other legal advocacy groups across the nation and is one of eight organizations around the world to receive the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Creative and Effective Institutions Award. For more information about Juvenile Law Center, visit www.jlc.org.