exciting news: today we at Open Goal Project announce our partnership with Chevron and the Los Angeles Football Club of Major League Soccer to bring high-level, free soccer programming to boys and girls in Los Angeles, California in the form of the Chevron Soccer Academy.
here's the full press release on the program, which will help continue to spread our mission to open goals and to use soccer as a vehicle for growth for talented young players from underserved communities to the West Coast.
Local Youth Score Big with Chevron Soccer Academy
Chevron teams up with Open Goal Project and the Los Angeles Football Club to offer local youth soccer training and STEM learning
Los Angeles, Calif., March 21, 2019 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Open Goal Project launched the Chevron Soccer Academy in Los Angeles – a partnership designed to fully integrate soccer and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Through this collaboration, Los Angeles youth will see visible pathways to success on and off the field.
Approximately 300 boys and girls ages 9-18 from Hawthorne will receive firsthand soccer training from professional coaches and get an up-close look at what it takes to play soccer at a high level, with LAFC players making appearances at clinics on March 23 and March 24. The program will also inspire STEM learning through the science of soccer, as part of Chevron’s commitment to equipping youth with the critical skills they will need to succeed in jobs of the future.
The program is designed to help ensure all children have access to youth soccer at a time when income disparity can limit youth from competing in the sport they love.
“Chevron is thrilled to partner with Open Goal Project for the Chevron Soccer Academy” said Rod Spackman, Manager Corporate Affairs for Chevron. “Students will not only learn technical aspects of soccer, but the science behind it as well, which we believe is a motivator to pursuing a career in STEM.”
“We are proud to bring this partnership to life in the form of high-level free soccer programming coached by a diverse group of experienced coaches with elite playing experiences at MLS, NWSL, and International levels. This is a special opportunity to provide a unique and memorable experience for Hawthorne area families” said Amir Lowery, a former Major League Soccer player and the executive director of Open Goal Project, a nonprofit designed to create opportunities for players from low-income families to access high-level soccer opportunities. “Our goal is to use soccer as a vehicle for youth development, cultural experiences, and opportunities for higher education. We believe that the Chevron Soccer Academy does exactly that, and we couldn't be happier to work with such influential community partners like Chevron and LAFC.”
LAFC is part of Major League Soccer. Their inaugural season launched in March 2018.
The girls clinic will take place on March 23 and the boys clinic will take place on March 24. Both events will take place at CSU LA with a focus on standard game play and strategy. Participants will also have an opportunity to hear from current and/or former professional players.