September 12, 2016
NEW MINI-PITCH UNVEILING
At a Bronx public school Wednesday
A state-of-the-art mini-pitch will be unveiled at Public School 049 Willis Avenue School in the Bronx Wednesday.
In partnership with New York City FC, the mini-pitch is part of a commitment made by MLS WORKS, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Southern New Hampshire University and adidas to build 20 mini-pitches in underserved communities in North America.
NYC FC president Jon Patricof will be among several officials who will make remarks at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
City players and club executive also are expected to attend, but they were unable to be named as of Monday.
Each new mini-pitch will offer children in these communities a safe place to play, while providing a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities, supporting the continued growth of the game.
SNHU will award a full college scholarship to a deserving member of the local community as part of the dedication ceremony.
Following the dedication, a local youth from P.S. 049X and City players will participate in a small-sided match on the new pitch.
“The 20 for 20 initiative builds on the deBlasio Administration’s priority to increase opportunities for sports and recreation in the city's most underserved neighborhoods," Darren Bloch, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, said in a statement. "In July, Mayor deBlasio launched the New York City Soccer Initiative to build mini soccer fields across the five boroughs. This is another welcome example of the city and private partners utilizing the power of sports to drive positive health, community building and mentorship outcomes."