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Rovel Sparks 
My Yute Soccer Camp 
myyutesoccercamp@yahoo.com 
(510) 866-1121 

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May 01, 2010 at 01:00 PM 
to
May 01, 2010 at 06:00 PM 

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Linden Street Brewery 
95 Linden Street
Suite 8/9
Oakland, CA 94607
 

 
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First Annual

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The Oakland Chocolate Company
Featuring Jamaican-origin cacao from bean to bar to bonbon
Working to build Jamaican Farmers' capacity to bring their cocoa beans to market

The Oakland Chocolate Company
Featuring Jamaican-origin cacao from bean to bar to bonbon
Working to build Jamaican Farmers' capacity to bring their cocoa beans to market

PRESS RELEASE:

Linden Street Brewery to host “Jamaican Jerk Cook-Off,” a benefit for My Yute Soccer Camp

Linden Street Brewery is hosting the first annual Jamaican Jerk Cook-Off on Saturday May 1st., from 1pm to 6pm to raise funds for My Yute Soccer Camp: Embracing Differences Through Soccer. The money raised will allow My Yute Soccer Camp to continue on their mission to provide free soccer camps, educate youth in soccer, and promote awareness of socio-cultural differences for the general public.  My Yute accomplishes its mission by giving youth an opportunity to learn from and to be inspired by skilled local coaches and players whose passion for the game has international influence.

The Jamaican Jerk Cook-Off will feature a Jerk Tasting Competition where guests will get to vote for their favorite Jerk Master Chef. Linden Street is brewing up a special Unity Lane Lager just for this fundraiser. Periscope Cellars will have wine on tap as well. The tasting package is $25 and includes the Jerk Tasting, beer and wine.

Adam Lamoreaux, owner of Linden Street Brewery and a huge soccer buff said, “This should be one the Brewery’s best days of the year. It’s all about good food, good fun, and a really good cause! ”

Camp Director, Rovel Sparkes, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, has been a devout soccer player since childhood playing in every city he’s ever lived from Kingston to NYC to Oakland.  For Sparkes, soccer is a language used for communication anywhere in the world and represents the source of many friendships and exposure to different cultures.  It has also been an invaluable resource for connecting with the diversity and complexity of the Bay Area.   "When you look at the most elite teams, you’ll see an incredible representation of the world’s love for football [name for soccer abroad]."  It is his hope that football will continue to be embraced and loved for its beauty and ability to bring together the international community. 

With soccer acting as the impetus for change, MYS aims to provide bay area youth with a model for positive change, a passion for sport, and exposure to world perspectives and experiences through soccer.  The goal of the camp is to provide access to a diverse social, economic, and cultural environment with an opportunity to experience "the beautiful game."

Since 2008, My Yute Soccer has provided a one-week soccer camp each summer to 60 children at Oakland Technical High School, at no cost to parents or participants. The camp maintains, on average, an 8:1 camper to coach ratio. Bay Area Adult League soccer players and coaches volunteer to provide skills training with an international influence.

For more information about My Yute Soccer Camp visit www.myyutesoccer.org. For more information about Linden Street Brewery visit www.lindenbeer.com