Dr. Alan Bates is a senior Psychiatry Resident at UBC and is the Founder of the Vancouver Street Soccer League. Photo courtesy Ubyssey (UBC student newspaper)
Portland FC is a soccer team for people affected by homelessness that competes with nine other teams in the Vancouver Street Soccer League. Through soccer, players find better housing, gain employment, improve physical and mental health, reduce drug and alcohol use, make friends, gain confidence, increase contacts with medical supports and decrease contacts with police. Dr. Bates founded the Vancouver Street Soccer League and has been coaching Street Soccer virtually every week since 2008.
Visit the Portland FC website for more information.