Newly minted North American Soccer League (NASL) team, Miami FC, already has plans to give back to their new home, with a partnership with Play for Change (PFC) to help support the development of PFC’s “Kick It program.”
Play for Change, the charity working across the globe to provide opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities to play, learn and develop, is launching its Kick It program in Miami, a youth program using soccer as a catalyst for social change. Supported by Miami FC, the program aims to expand opportunities for children and young people to learn new skills, get active and play in a safe environment.
“Play for Change shares our vision of empowering our community’s youth through soccer,” said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC general manager. “Working together to achieve this goal was a natural decision. Miami FC is a team that first and foremost belongs to the community.”
The partnership will encourage local communities to create cost-effective, long-term initiatives that meet youth-development needs and provide safe environments where children can thrive. Among the partnership’s goals are to improve infrastructure and access at local sports facilities, provide needed equipment and supply quality coaches, all in the hopes of increasing participation in the sport, so that children have more opportunities to lead an active lifestyle.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Miami FC, which will be actively taking part in helping to enrich more young people’s lives with new experiences,” says Marie Le Page, Director of Play for Change. “Enabling opportunities for vulnerable young people to access sport is invaluable for developing confidence, skills and knowledge.”