Join us for The Beautiful Game

A film about how soccer can help change perceptions

Poster for the movie The Beautiful GameThe Commission and Street Soccer USA – Sacramento are pleased to invite you to watch the film The Beautiful Game on Friday, July 26 from noon to 4 p.m.

As part of our efforts to spotlight the needs and challenges of unhoused people, the Commission has partnered with Street Soccer USA – Sacramento (SSUSA) for this screening and other upcoming community events. Soccer may seem like an unlikely ally in the fight against homelessness, but as the film depicts, the “beautiful game” has a way of changing perceptions – around teams, around people, and even around homelessness itself.

Following a screening of The Beautiful Game, which addresses many areas that impact homelessness, including mental health, job loss, and substance use disorders, we will hear from Lisa Wrightsman, Managing Director of SSUSA – Sacramento and several current and former SSUSA players. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

We hope to see you Friday, July 26 at noon at the Commission’s offices at 1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.

If you have any questions or would like to change your RSVP, please email Claire Sallee at claire.sallee@mhsoac.ca.gov.

About the film: The Beautiful Game tells a fictionalized account of the Homeless World Cup, where teams comprised of homeless soccer players come together from around the world to compete. The Homeless World Cup has been around since 2001, representing nearly 70 countries. Over the past two decades, more than 1.2 million people have participated in the tournament, playing for 220 clubs worldwide. In fact, many of the players in The Beautiful Game are played by real Homeless World Cup participants whose lives have been impacted by the organization’s efforts.