Day 5 D.C.

374We woke up at our friends house in Silver Spring and met their parents and grandmother. They were so kind and interested in hearing about our journey and Street Soccer USA. The 8 mile ride felt like a joke compared to what we’ve done so far. It was a beautiful downhill ride through Georgia Ave to meet our friend Alex at District Sport championship match.

I was so happy to get to see a friend who was one of the three volunteers at the 2011 Paris Homeless World Cup. She has been a big supporter of Street Soccer USA and apparently she has a solid penalty shot! Great job on winning the Championship and those Team Fund Up champ socks look sweet! If I didn’t have a ton of bricks in my bags already I would have taken a pair.

We spend the day cruising around town with Alex and had some good food mixing it up with the locals. Thanks to Pat and his roommates for letting us crash at their place! I knew we were home when we walked up the stairs to the homemade bike rack in the living room.


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Aligning The Field

Packing Gear

At Street Soccer USA we often Align The Field before a season begins or before a a team travels to a big tournament such as our National Cups and the Homeless World Cup. I was recently in San Francisco with our SSUSA Family for a tournament and it’s always so refreshing to be meet new players and learn from other coaches. Street Soccer Chicago coach Otto taught me an exercise he did with his team where they went through the positions on the field and how they relate to people in your lives off the field. I challenge you to do the same and think about who your team is and why.


On The Field they are the last line of support. They are strong.

Off The Field they will always have your back no matter what. They believe in you. They are your backbone.

My mother, Marisa Olson, is the strongest support system a person could ever ask for. She has always been behind me no matter what I set my mind to. Taking a leap of faith to leave her, my sisters and a comfortable life in Little Rock, Arkansas was the hardest thing I have ever done. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for her to let me go. Now she is putting fear aside and supporting me once again as I journey across the country sharing my passion for serving others, which she an my late father instilled in me as a kid.


On The Field they are the playmakers. They are the creativity as they create space and opportunities for the team to attack and score.

Off The Field they offer their time, money and creativity. They are the ones who are willing to listen to your dreams and  help you achieve them.

My friends, family and sponsors have proven to be mid-fields this week as I knew they would. So many people have donated their money, gear and advice to me leading up to the ride. Special thanks to Outlier, BioLite Stove , Catlike Helmets, Sol Republic, Team Fund Up, Collaborate Ideas and Images, Lauren Anders Brown and Rob Coleman, Alex Bearman, Ben and Cristina Astin, Tyler Davidson, Ashlee Smith, Libby Feller Boek, Vince and Judy Gaul, Laura Enoch, Caroline Carew, Andy Clymer, Ericka Basile, Anna and Crystal Olson and Jeremy Carlisle.


On The Field you look up to them as they make runs ahead of you. They are the inspiration to the team as they score goals.

Off The Field they are leaders. They are role models. They are charismatic. They never give up.

Lawrence and Rob Cann, founders of Street Soccer USA, are my forwards. Without them I would not have realized my life’s calling to help others through the sport I love.


These are the people who embody all of the three positions in one.

Shane Shackelford and David Herscovici are my guys who have been and will be my MVP’s throught this journey as we ride day in and day out across the country. They have supported me in this idea by joining the cruisade with all their heart. They put themselves on the line to ask for help on our behalf. They have not let doubt creep into my mind and kept me pushing towards the
finish line.

I can’t THANK YOU all enough and I look forward to sharing this experience with you all! Your ongoing love and support will be what makes this possible.



The Adventure Begins Sept 2nd


Can’t believe September is almost here! It’s been an incredible summer full of:

So it’s going to be tough to leave this wonderful city behind for two whole months! I truly believe that it is the greatest city there ever was and that the work I get to do on a daily basis is my life calling. I am excited to share this passion for Street Soccer USA with others and be inspired by all the beauty the rest of the country has to offer. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Check out our Path and email if you know someone we should connect with.
  2. Like us on Facebook and Join This Event to receive SOS messages for food, shelter and moral support.
  3. Follow us on Instagram for scenic photos, special playlists curated by the music industry’s finest and subtle product placement.
  4. Donate to our Food and Flat Tire Fund and we will share a meal with someone in need when we can.
  5. Donate to Street Soccer USA and we will continue to use soccer to end homelessness by transferring job and life skills to homeless youth and adults during weekly practices, games and off the field support.

We ride out from Times Square at the same exact location that our Street Soccer USA Cup was held between 42 and 43 on Broadway at 8:00am Tuesday, September 2nd. Come say bye! 

Meet Cruisader Don

IMG_0093I met Don in Arkansas several years ago when we both were working for an advertising agency in Little Rock. He was always super talented at his job and pushed himself to do more. After years of working together, it was inspiring to me to see him land a new job doing what he loved for a non-profit that he was passionate about. I know he is so excited to join us in support of Street Soccer USA for a week in Arkansas and I can’t wait to catch up with him too. It’s been probably 5 years since I’ve seen this bearded wild man.

Cruisader Don
Age: 29
Location: Springfield, MO
Daily Grind: Web Designer for a non-profit animal rights organization
Fun Fact: He does stand-up comedy at open mic night.
Why He Rides:
He started riding a few years ago with a friend Joe. They  just wanted to ride everywhere they could and got hooked. Don says he’s not very fast, or very strong, but always tries push himself to go faster and to go further. He believes that if we find ourselves in any sort of “good fortune” it’s somewhat of a duty to help all beings around us. Soccer’s the only other sport he’s ever felt any inclination to be involved with so this is a perfect match!
Click here to see how you can Join The Cruisade!

Meet Cruisader Shane

Meet Shane Shack! This guy is one of a kind and just as crazy, if not more, than me. Shane volunteered one day about a month ago with Street Soccer USA‘s youth program in East NY, Brooklyn. On our train ride home the Bike Cruisade came up for the first time. He immediately told me he was on board and that he can’t hear amazing opportunities like that and pass them up.

He has been dedicated in his training by riding his fixed gear bike almost 30 miles a day. He is already getting his friends and family excited about his journey. This Monday we met up at Randall’s Island with three of his very talented friends to film a short, black & white silent film styled promo video for the Bike Cruisade. Visit the Facebook page here for a full album and stay tuned for the video, we are editing it now!

Age:  32.

Daily Grind: Bartender

Location: Queens NY, but originally from Nashville, TN.

Why He Rides: To discover the world on two wheels while connecting mind and body, in turn making for one happy spirit.

Cruisading: The entire trip NYC to SF!

Fun Fact:  He just changed his first flat tire, with a little help from yours truly. I am so glad we got one of these under our belt before heading across America.

If you see Cruisader Shane on the road, say hi, or give him the ole biker’s nod.  He’ll be the one smiling!

You too can Join The Cruisade by riding, donating some gear, money, advice, shelter or just by spreading the word on the internets!