Annual Soccer Sunday set for Pioneer Park in Brookings

Courtesy photo: The green of Pioneer Park gave a welcome field for soccer playing during the 2018 Bienvenidos a Brookings Soccer Sunday.

BROOKINGS – To conclude the kick-off weekend celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month, Bienvenidos a Brookings, a citizen group that formed in 2018 to welcome Hispanic residents to the area, will have its annual Soccer Sunday Potluck from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in Pioneer Park on the west end of Brookings. 

Deputy Mayor Patty Bacon will extend a welcome to attendees on behalf of the city.

People are invited to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors to share a meal and play games in a relaxed setting, like soccer, corn hole throw or various children games and activities. Those who attend are asked to bring a favorite dish to share. Plates, utensils and napkins as well as water and juice will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted to help fund Bienvenidos a Brookings activities throughout the year supporting needs of Spanish-speaking neighbors. 

In the event of inclement weather, the potluck will move to the Brookings Multicultural Center at 506 Third Ave. in Brookings.

SDSU’s School of American and Global Studies, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Latin American Student Association, the City of Brookings as well as Bienvenidos a Brookings are sponsors for the weekend celebration. Other events include a poetry reading and keynote address by Puerto Rican author Yvonne Denis Rosario from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the SDSU Alumni Center and a Latino-inspired dance from 6-10 p.m. Saturday in Jack’s Place in the SDSU Student Union. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the potluck, contact Jeanne Jones Manzer at 605-691-1018. For more information about the poetry reading and dance, contact professor Christi Garst-Santos, School of American & Global Studies, at 688-5101.

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