NY Red Bulls Sponsor New Soccer ‘Mini Pitch’ in the Old Open Road Park on 12th Street

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 at 10:00 am by

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Soccer coming to the old Open Road Park

NYCFC isn’t the only club scoring points in the city. Earlier this week, the New York Red Bulls, alongside the U.S. Soccer Foundation and NYC Parks broke ground at the at University Settlement/Eastside Community High School on the Lower East Side for a Sport Court mini-pitch. It’s part of an effort to establish a solid future for the beautiful game in New York, while simultaneously enacting positive social development and safety for the city’s youth. The new field will be available to both the school and the community, a NYRB objective for quite some time now.

“It’s been a vision of ours since back in 2006 to provide opportunities for kids to have access to the game and play the game,” Red Bulls GM de Grandpre said. “Through soccer we’re going to engage young kids and give them an opportunity to learn life skills they wouldn’t learn anywhere else…this is going to be a safe environment for them so it’s critical.”

Additionally, the Red Bulls and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will introduce the Foundation’s Soccer for Success after-school program, which  uses soccer as a tool for social change. It currently engages roughly 3,000 youth in this program, in 50 sites across NYC.

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Photo: US Soccer Foundation

The mini-pitch will be located at the Lower East Side Park on East 12th Street, formerly known as the popular skateboard destination Open Road Park. Hopefully we’ll see some of these youngins lacing up at Red Bull Arena in the future.

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