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Tuesday, October 1 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
The Beautiful Game: Uniting Communities Through Soccer for All

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Using a proven playbook, this session will teach you how to create a major impact in a small footprint: a community-owned, free-play, LED-lit, mini turf Beacon Soccer Field that attracts kids of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Beacon Soccer Field, based in Lansing, Michigan, is a high-quality, free, open and accessible space that can be used for pick-up games by the community. The fields are a statewide and national model that can connect the sport of soccer with the many families that wish to join the sport, but currently cannot afford to or do not have access. Co-Founders Scott Dane and Camron Gnass will provide the Playbook to identify and create the partnerships necessary to build a Beacon Soccer Field in any community. The Playbook will provide a step-by-step process from building the team to opening the field. Everything from private-public partnerships, to community engagement to funding will be covered in the Playbook. Participants will leave the session with a general framework for starting the process of building a Beacon Soccer Field in their community. Beacon Field is a community-owned, free-play, LED lit, walled mini turf field offering the entire community a chance to play soccer!


Chanelle Nicole Frazier

Development Coordinator, Children's Assessment Center
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Camron Gnass

co-creator, Beacon Soccer Field
Camron owns and runs a creative agency in Lansing, Michigan. He also redevelops historic buildings into new living and commercial spaces. His favorite sport is soccer and favorite hobby is supporting events and projects that create culture and community. These things happily collide... Read More →
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Scott Dane

Co-Creator, Beacon Soccer Field
Passionate soccer enthusiast who relishes the opportunity to create grassroots soccer programming. With a foundation in youth philanthropy, coaching at various levels and attempting to play the world's game, I have been a first-hand witness to the power of sport and its impact on... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
The Edney, Floor Five, Accelerator Space