New York City FC announced a plan to build 50 soccer pitches in New York City over the next five years.
In a joint announcement with Mayor Bill de Blasio, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Adidas, NYCFC said they will build the fields in underserved neighborhoods in NYC over the next five years.
The first set of fields will be ready to play by next year, the announcement said.
"These new soccer fields will be essential in keeping our young New Yorkers safe, active and connected with the community. With this partnership, we are tackling inequalities in all its forms - including in our parks and outdoor spaces," de Blasio said. "In the city of immigrants, with so many different languages and cultures, the New York City Soccer Initiative will be one of the great tools we use to unify young New Yorkers. My thanks to the Mayor's Fund, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York City Football Club and adidas for coming together and building a meaningful program."
The team will spend around $3 million to build and maintain the fields.
"This is a special day for the New York City Football Club. Community has been an integral part of this Club since the very beginning " Jon Patricof, President of New York City Football Club, said. "We have seen through the work of our extensive community programs that soccer has the ability to change lives. This initiative will give access to pitches and help us deliver our programming to thousands of New York City school kids in every borough, and we are thrilled to be a part of it"
Their first eight locations were announced on Tuesday:
1. J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin - Brooklyn, DOE
2. Cypress Hills Houses, Brooklyn, NYCHA
3. Irwin Altman Middle School 172, Queens, DOE
4. South Jamaica Houses, Queens, NYCHA
5. Millbrook Playground, Bronx, Parks
6. Eagle Academy For Young Men Of Staten Island, Staten Island, DOE
7. Harlem Lane Playground, Manhattan, Parks
8. P.S. 083 Luis Munoz Rivera, Manhattan, DOE