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Well, it’s that time of year. Street Soccer is starting up. The Arlington Tigers, the team I started, has begun practicing at Jenny Dean Park near the Arlington food bank and A-Span. The team is gearing up for the Street Soccer USA Cup in July. The tournament will be held in New York this summer, after being hosted in the district for the past six years. Cities bid to host the cup — it looks like DC lost for once.

The Tigers plan to help represent the DC metro area, and will need support from our fans to get to New York. Please send any donations you can to A-SPAN.org and mention Street Soccer.

I have some bad news, but more good news. Many readers have been worried about me and my leg (which has a nerve that has been giving me nothing but pain and trouble — compounding other health conditions). I haven’t been able to practice with the team this year because of it. My leg is fine now, after having a nerve blocker put in, but I have to take it slow. I would love to thank all the readers for all your prayers.

I’m glad that I have an official volunteer position in the office that will keep me off my feet some, and will work as a vendor three days a week. That’s part of the good news. After my last nervous breakdown I was recommended to attend a day treatment that will start soon.

If I eventually have to retire from the paper, I hope you will all help the new Dupont vendor as you have done for me. Thank You.