Club Ambassador Program
The FC Cincinnati Foundation works with partners, including Cincinnati Public Schools, and brings soccer programming to gym classes. FCCF staff, with special appearances by Club Ambassador Omar Cummings, lead soccer programming with a weekly appearance over four to six weeks at schools. The goal is to introduce kids – who may not otherwise have the exposure – to soccer and provide positive role models for kids. Beginning in Fall 2019, the Foundation will provide soccer equipment to participating schools, as well as a instructional handbook for physical education teachers, so they can continue soccer education programming throughout the year.
Soccer for Success, in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The FC Cincinnati Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to bring their national Soccer for Success program to the Cincinnati market. Partnering with Cincinnati Recreation Commission and YMCA, FCCF provides after-school soccer programming focused on physical activity and nutrition. Two sessions are held annually – in the spring and in the fall – with more than 400 children reached in its first year of 2019. Participants receive a full soccer uniform and soccer ball. The program runs three days per week for 12 weeks.
Learning is Cool
In July 2019, the FC Cincinnati Foundation will take over the Marvin Lewis Community Fund’s Learning is Cool program. This is an A Honor Roll program which reaches 31,000 students in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Children receive quarterly awards when achieving the A Honor Roll, and those who reach the goal for two or more quarters are invited to an end-of-year celebration with FCC coaches and team. FCCF will make visits to participating schools throughout the year to continue to encourage academic excellence.
West End Pride Soccer Team
The FC Cincinnati Foundation funds and provides oversight over SAY (Soccer Association for Youth) Soccer teams in the West End community. This is a free program for children in the West End, and is part of the national program that was founded in Cincinnati. More than 100 children signed up for the Spring 2019 season and it’s expected that registration will continue to rise rapidly over time. Along with learning the game and playing against peers in other communities, participants received a full uniform, shin guards and cleats.
With the goal provide a safe space for children to play in Cincinnati, the FC Cincinnati Foundation has committed to build a minimum of 10 mini pitches throughout the City of Cincinnati over the next five years. The first FC Cincinnati Foundation mini pitch built in March 2019 is located at the Lincoln Recreation Center in the West End. The goal of the mini-pitch initiative is to build the play spaces in locations with good connections to soccer programming and a need for youth engagement.
Event and Fundraising Activities
In partnership with Flying Pig Marathon, the FC Cincinnati Foundation will host a unique 3-mile race which will start and end at The Banks on Saturday, July 13. The race will end with a watch party as FC Cincinnati takes on the Chicago Fire on the road. This event targets runners, families, young professionals, FC Cincinnati supporter-group members, as well as general fans. Making the race unique will be an FCC game-like atmosphere for the race and the watch party. More than 3,000 runners are expected to race in the inaugural event, with additional attendees coming for the watch party. This is the first such FCC3 event, and it is expected to become an annual fundraiser.
FCCF will host a night of soccer fun and soccer education for women in the Tri-State. The evening will consist of games, a coaching clinic, music and signature drinks. More than 250 women are expected for the inaugural event at Mercy Health Training Center in Milford, which is scheduled to take place in the early fall. The event will take place in the early fall.
The FC Cincinnati Foundation will host FC Cincinnati’s first-ever end-of-season Awards Gala. Players will be on-site along with the FC Cincinnati coaches and staff as the team’s annual award winners are recognized. This will be an up-scale, evening event, but with an Orange and Blue flair. More than 300 guests are expected for the event, which will take place in the fall near the end of the MLS regular season.
WHAT IS FC CINCINNATI FOUNDATION?
FC Cincinnati Foundation [501(c)(3)] launched in December 2018 ahead of FC Cincinnati’s Inaugural Season in MLS. The Foundation aims to improve the lives of children in the Greater Cincinnati Area through the love of soccer, fulfilling this mission through programming with key partners including Cincinnati Public Schools and Cincinnati Recreation Commission. Programming will be based around nutrition, physical activity, character building and education.
Grants and donations of all sizes are appreciated. FC Cincinnati Foundation (FCCF) partners will receive benefit packages commensurate with the level of involvement and program type. Opportunities may include logo or name recognition within the program and/or event, invitations to FCCF and FCC events, a player appearance for a business event/outing, FCC home game tickets, and more.