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Seattle youth soccer club ends season abruptly amid threats of vandalism, nearby homeless encampment


A youth soccer program in Seattle serving underprivileged children in the community ended its season abruptly last week following an act of vandalism that caused more than $100,000 worth of damages. 

A nearby homeless encampment and the threat of violence and crime has now caused the program to look for a new home all together.  

Soccer ball and goal post

A youth soccer program was forced to finish its season early due to more than $100,000 in vandalism damages. (Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

CEO of Valor Soccer Dean Aldridge told Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Choe that the field at North Green River Park in King County, Washington was vandalized last week when a vehicle appeared to drive on the grass, ripping it up and costing more than $100,000 worth of damages. 

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“I don’t know who enjoys running a kids’ soccer field,” Aldridge said.

The damage and cost was enough to cancel the following tournaments, which effectively meant the end of the season for Valor Soccer. 

“These fields serve our most economically challenged kids,” Aldridge added. 

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Choe reported that the larger issue plaguing the non-profit program is a growing homeless encampment less than a 100 yards away. The King County Sheriff’s Office told Choe that 911 calls have increased over the past few months and included reports of drug overdoses, shootings and fires. 

Alridge said while he does not know who is to blame for the damage to the fields, the camp does present a crime and safety issue to the area. 

Tent sits alongside I-5 near Seattle with city in background

A homeless community of tents sits on the edge of the freeway in Seattle on July 22, 2022. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“Lawless individuals just know that this is just a free zone to do whatever you want to do,” Aldridge added. “Come down here, shoot your guns, dump your garbage.” 

He did, however, place the blame on King County Executive Dow Constantine and the policies in place. 

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“I have not heard from Dow, I have not heard from his office,” Aldridge told Choe.  “If his kids were down here playing, or his grandchildren were down here playing, I’m sure it would be cleaned up.”  

King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses reporters

King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks following the death of a King County, Washington, resident due to COVID-19 during a press conference in Seattle, Washington on February 29, 2020. (JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)

Constantine’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Aldridge said the issues facing the soccer club have ultimately forced them to look for a new home. 

“We’re a non-profit. We don’t have the type of money to endure this, these kinds of losses.”



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