On December 7, FC Cincinnati and the FC Cincinnati Foundation unveiled its 10th mini pitch in the Cincinnati region, beating a goal set in 2019 by over a full year. Located at Lunken Playfield, the mini pitch was opened thanks to a partnership with Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Carl and Martha Lindner, and the Motz Group.
To celebrate the opening of the pitch, FC Cincinnati star and Cincy native Nick Hagglund was on hand to formally open play on the field with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Hagglund was joined by youth from several Cincinnati communities for games on the field with opportunities to meet their hero. FC Cincinnati Club Ambassadors and former players Omar Cummings and Corben Bone were also on hand.
Each mini pitch offers scheduled programming through the FCC Foundation’s Soccer Unites program. In 2023, over 824 hours of programming was provided with over 8,628 children being affected in the greater Cincinnati area.
“When FC Cincinnati Foundation launched in 2019, we pledged to open 10 mini pitches by 2024 and we are excited to reach that goal one year early,” announced Kate Solomon, Senior Vice President of Fan and Community Relations, and Executive Director of the FC Cincinnati Foundation. “Mini pitches are a critical part of our effort to provide access to soccer to all children across the community and today we pledge to build 10 additional mini pitches in the future.”
Mini pitches continue to be a key focus for FC Cincinnati and the FC Cincinnati Foundation as the club and foundation continue to work to better the lives of children in our neighborhoods through soccer. Broadly, the FC Cincinnati Foundation reaches over 30,000 children in the Greater Cincinnati area each year. Programming is focused on access to soccer, education and character development.
See a map of the other nine mini pitches that FC Cincinnati and the FC Cincinnati Foundation have opened HERE.
About the FC Cincinnati Foundation
The FCCF was launched in December 2018 to support transformational change for Cincinnati-area children and impact positive differences in children in underserved communities. The FCCF offers programming to support character development and physical well-being through soccer, the importance of education, and an additional focus on community service. FC Cincinnati Foundation will reach over 30,000 children this year.
For more information, visit FCCincinnati.com/Community.
FC Cincinnati is committed to leaving a legacy, creating something bigger than ourselves, and being the embodiment of a rising Cincinnati. Through our own programs and initiatives, and the support of key partners, we will improve the lives of children through soccer and will continue to do our part to create an inclusive community.