In an area often considered a “hot bed” for crime, community activists are hoping the sport of soccer will serve as a catalyst for change in the Wedgewood community.
The group “My Project USA” has spent two years in the Wedgewood Village Apartment Complex working to offer services to thousands living in the community.
After opening food pantries and working to build connections with the Columbus Police Department, the organization is focusing on soccer to keep neighbor kids off the streets.
“Our goal is that we turn this community into the role model community for the city of Columbus,” community activist Zerqa Abid said.
After receiving $68,000 from Columbus City Council the project is one step closer to becoming a reality.
“I think given the number of kids that live here it a soccer league and community,” Russell Harris said.
The land, owned by the Wedgewood Village Apartment complex, would hold both a regulation size field and a smaller field for younger players.
Organizers say they plan to remove the trees and overhead wires by the end of September and hope to have rosters created in the following months.