FC Dallas Foundation to Unveil Sixth Community Field
The FC Dallas Foundation will dedicate its sixth community soccer field. The small-sided field was made possible through FC Dallas’ partnership with CoServ and Southern New Hampshire University.
FC Dallas forward and Southern New Hampshire University student, Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas goalkeeper and 2012 MLS Humanitarian of the Year, Chris Seitz and FC Dallas homegrown player, Paxton Pomykal, along with children from Strickland Middle School’s GOAL (Guys & Girls Operating as Leaders) will dedicate the field on Thursday, September 14th.
GOAL Director Adriana Cavazos-Gillilan, CoServ’s Director of Community Relations, Vicki Sargent and SNHU’s Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships, Steve Thiel will also be on site to officially dedicate this mini-pitch.
This is the sixth mini-pitch in DFW dedicated as part of the FC Dallas Foundation’s commitment to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for underserved youth by providing safe places for them to play soccer. Through the foundation’s partnership with CoServ, the seventh and eighth mini-pitch are scheduled to be built in DFW by 2019.
All FC Dallas players will be available for autographs and photos with event participants.
GOAL is an after-school soccer program that nurtures leadership qualities among second-language learners and at-risk students through mental, emotional, and physical wellness in a high-trust environment. The success rate is impressive:
- Graduation rate is 87% among GOAL students, who qualify as “at risk” (predicted NOT to graduate)
- The program began with 23 students and now serves more than over 600 (boys & girls).
- 17 teams will be on the roster this year
- The program model is followed by six north Texas school districts
The FC Dallas Foundation has also built community fields at the Moorland YMCA, Maple Lawn Elementary, Mercy Street in West Dallas, Jubilee Park in South Dallas and most recently at The Salvation Army in East Plano. The FC Dallas Foundation is the charitable arm of FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium. The Foundation strives to positively impact the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth through the sport of soccer. Through its programming and projects, the Foundation seeks to promote healthy, active children; encourages character building and service learning; and supports disadvantaged through locally and globally. For more information, visit www.FCDallasFoundation.org.
FC Dallas’ current roster has six players who grew up in Dallas/Fort Worth: Kellyn Acosta (Plano), Victor Ulloa (Wylie), Jesse Gonzalez (Dallas), Paxton Pomykal (Highland Village), Jesus Ferreira (McKinney) and Bryan Reynolds (Lewisville).
CoServ’s Mission is to deliver excellent service to Members and Customers by providing safe and reliable energy solutions. Created in 1937 as Denton County Electric Cooperative, CoServ Electric is based in Corinth and serves more than 210,000 meters across Denton, Collin and five other counties in North Texas. Its natural gas affiliate, CoServ Gas, serves 105,000 meters. For more visit, www.CoServ.com.
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a nonprofit, regionally accredited, private university with an 80-year history of educating traditional-age students and working adults. With more than 70,000 students and more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available on campus and online, SNHU offers access to high quality and affordable education. SNHU’s main campus is located in Manchester, NH with locations in Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem, NH, and Brunswick, Maine. Recognized as the “Most Innovative” by U.S. News & World Report, SNHU continues to transform higher education by providing the best educational opportunity and experience for all students. Learn more at www.snhu.edu.