WHO WE ARE

THE CHALLENGE:

Soccer is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world and is an inner city sport, played by all races, the poor, working class and affluent alike. However, in the United States soccer operates as an overpriced “PAY TO PLAY” system which thrives for privileged white youth in suburban communities and more affluent neighborhoods in the urban centers of America.

Access and exposure to youth sports can have a positive impact on a child life outcomes especially for those Black and Latino youth of the inner cities who often benefit from quality structured programs with caring adult mentors.

Limited resources in communities of color put our youth at greater risk of becoming disengaged, disconnected, and cut off from pursuing their dreams.

THE SOLUTION:

Our youth need access to designated safe spaces to engage with caring mentors who can help them develop to their fullest potential.

OUR MISSION

1. Create more opportunities for Black and Latino youth from Harlem, Washington Heights
and the Bronx to participate in soccer for minimum to no cost.
2. Develop and prepare youth to be CONFIDENT, COMPETENT and CARING future leaders.
3. Develop a creative player from the inner city that will positively impact US Soccer
landscape.


OUR VISION

To replicate our model to inner cities communities across the country creating a new dynamic pathway for inner city youth to develop as footballers and leaders.

OUR VALUES

A FC Harlem LION R.O.A.R.S!
Respect Ourselves And Respect Society

A LION IS:
CONFIDENT, COMPETENT, & CARING



OUR IMPACT

97% of all high school participants graduated
80% of those graduates have gone to college
Since 2006, FC Harlem has served more that 7,000 youth across all programs
100% of LIONS  participants perform a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service annually.
FC Harlem really care about us as individuals, they want us to be confident and understand the importance of giving back
– Joseph Komora, 14, FC Harlem L.I.O.N
FC Harlem is so much more than soccer. It is about community service, empowerment and just understanding what it means to be a young person of color living in the world
– Corey Pierce, 21, FC Harlem L.I.O.N Alumni

OUR LEGACY

We will provide a state-of-the-art community center with classrooms, computer rooms, fitness center and office space.  In West Harlem we will build a floodlit covered soccer facility that will not only be used for healthy play for the broader Harlem community but will create internships to improve job skills for FC Harlem’s high school participants.