FC Harlem

Location:

441 Manhattan AvenueNew York CityNew York10026United States View Map

Employees:

35

Phone:

(888) 385-3014
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Description:

In 2008, a gala sponsored by Major League Soccer WORKS, the community outreach arm of the league, and the US Soccer Foundation raised the funds for the field, but it did not come to fruition until the Children's Aid Society partnered with FC Harlem. "We at Children's Aid work to bridge the gap between what children have and what they need to succeed," said Richard R. Buery, President of the group, which was founded in 1853. "This field is a testament to what you can do when good people come together. Don Garber, the Commissioner of Major League Soccer, said, "Irv Smalls wanted to give back to the community and we wanted to give back to the community where our league is based. We hope to do many more of these." Ed Foster-Simeon, President of the US Soccer Foundation, said, "Soccer is the world's most popular game, connecting the young people who play it to positive outcomes in their lives. This is an oasis of green where children can play for years to come and develop lifelong friendships." Daniel Rose, a board member of FC Harlem, said, "FC Harlem has a great future within its grasp, but to do so needs the help of all these good people." Inez Dickens, the City Council Member representing Harlem, called it "a phenomenal day" for the neighborhood's children. "It opens an opportunity to learn another sport and it helps keep our kids off the streets." "My little Harlem is exploding with energy," said Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who has represented the neighborhood since 1971. "What a great spot of green! I hope it is just the beginning of more fields like it. Rangel asked the young people on hand for the dedication, "Someday you will ask, 'What was it that turned your life around?' The answer may very well be FC Harlem and the Children's Aid Society. Also on hand for the opening were Glen Daley, founder of FC Harlem, and James Top, an artist who designed a massive mural along the west side of the field which was officially opened when two of the children kicked the first goals into the net.

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