introducing Friday Night Lights by Open Goal Project
Friday Night Lights Open Goal Project

introducing our newest program: Friday Night Lights by Open Goal Project. Friday Night Lights will be completely free, open sessions of pickup games for local boys and girls on Friday evenings. sessions are meant for players looking for a fun, positive opportunity to improve their skills in a focused soccer environment on Friday nights, under the lights.

we believe that free, focused soccer programming for our city’s youth on Friday nights will not only impact them positively as players on the field, but as growing members of our community off it.

even the field, change the game. ⚽️❤️⚽️

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Open Goal Project, Chevron, Fresno FC partner for Chevron Soccer Academy clinics

in late September, around 150 boys and girls from communities 50 miles outside of Fresno boarded buses to come to Chukchansi Park and Fresno State University to attend our Chevron Soccer Academy clinics presented by Chevron, Open Goal Project, and Fresno’s United Soccer League team, Fresno FC.

to make the clinics accessible to players from underserved communities and to make the experience a unique one for those players, the weekend was completely free of charge, was led by a number of current and former professional players, included lunch, snacks, and drinks, featured the Chevron STEM Zone where players learned about science through the lens of soccer, and also came with tickets to the Fresno FC game for the boys and the Fresno State women’s game for the girls.

it was an incredible weekend and a big step forward for our mission to open goals, on and off the field for talented young soccer players from underserved communities.

check out photos here:

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Open Goal Alum Christopher debuts for Prince George's County College
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we believe in using soccer as a vehicle for growth, higher education, and greater life experiences for our players...players like Christopher.

Christopher was one of the first players we worked with at Open Goal Project and in early September, after being spotted at our free DC College ID camp this past March by Prince George’s County Community College’s Coach, he made his college soccer debut for the Prince George’s Community College Owls, recording a team-high three shots in their 1-0 win over Hagerstown.

Christopher attending PGCCC to compete on the field and further his education in the classroom is an important step for his future as well as for our mission to open goals. we couldn’t be more excited to watch him continue to develop as a player, a student and as a young man. go Owls ⚽️❤️⚽️

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Open Goal Project teams up with Chevron and Fresno FC for the Chevron Soccer Academy

exciting news: Open Goal Project continues to grow. today we announce our partnership with Chevron and Fresno Futbol Club of the USL to bring high-level, free soccer programming to boys and girls in Fresno, California in the form of the Chevron Soccer Academy.

here's the full press release on our new program, which will help bring our mission to open goals and use soccer as a vehicle for growth for talented young players from low-income families to the West Coast.

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Chevron teams up with Open Goal Project and Fresno FC to offer local youth soccer training and STEM learning

Fresno, Calif., August 31, 2018 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Open Goal Project and Fresno FC today launched the Chevron Soccer Academy – a groundbreaking partnership designed to bring soccer training and STEM learning to local youth in Fresno.

Approximately 200 boys and girls ages 9-18 from Coalinga-Huron Unified, Firebaugh and Mendota 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 Fresno FC and Fresno State players. The program will also inspire science, technology, engineering and math (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 and Fresno FC” said Megan Lopez, policy, government and public affairs representative 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 free soccer programming for Fresno 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 to 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 Fresno FC and Chevron.”

Fresno FC is part of the United Soccer League. Their inaugural season launched in March 2018.

“This is an incredible opportunity to grow youth soccer in Fresno and inspire kids to pursue their dream on and off the field” said Chris Wilson, Fresno FC vice president of operations. “Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with the Fresno FC players and hear their journey to becoming a professional soccer player.”

The boys clinic will take place on September 22 at Chukchansi Park and the girls clinic will take place on September 23 at Fresno State with a focus on standard game play and strategy. The Chevron Soccer Academy will also host a boys and girls tournament on October 6, which is also open to players ages 9-18. Participants will also have an opportunity to hear from current and/or former professional players.

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About Open Goal Project

Founded in 2015 in Washington, D.C., Open Goal Project focuses on using soccer as a vehicle to provide opportunities for growth, on and off the field, for talented youth players from low-income families. In the forms of direct financial support, logistical coordination, intense mentorship, and free high-level programming, Open Goal Project strives to eliminate the obstacles and barriers to entry that keep many youth players on the sidelines.

The high costs associated with pay-to-play youth soccer include registration fees, uniforms, transportation, lodging, meals, and supplemental training. Empowering talented youth players and their families with resources to navigate the pay-to-play system allows them the opportunity to reach their full potential as soccer players and young adults. Open Goal Project takes pride in leveling the US youth soccer playing field by bridging the gap and making soccer more accessible for young players who love soccer, while leveraging the game for the growth, development, and greater life experiences for the young men and women it serves. For more information please visit opengoalproject.org

About Fresno FC

Fresno Football Club (FFC), the San Joaquin Valley’s first pro soccer club, is a member of the United Soccer League (USL), one division below Major League Soccer (MLS). The club opened its inaugural season in March 2018 and will host home matches at Chukchansi Park in beautiful downtown Fresno. FFC exists to provide a top-class, inclusive and dynamic sporting experience to build memories for fans in one of the nation's most diverse regions.

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Contact: Leah Casey, Chevron, LeahCasey@chevron.com, 925-842-8882

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Open Goal Project alumni Edgar heading to Radford
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seeing the young men and women we work with succeed in the classroom and in life is just as valuable to us as seeing them succeed on the soccer field.

that’s why we’re so excited that one of our first Open Goal Project players, Edgar, will be attending Radford University to continue his education.

Edgar plans on possibly competing for a walk-on spot at Radford or playing club soccer there, but whatever happens, we’re so proud to see this incredible young man who we’ve worked with for years as a player, take the next step to become the leader off the field we know he will be ⚽️❤️⚽️

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Ariana and Precious travel to Seattle to compete in the ECNL National Championship tournament

while the focus of Ariana and Precious’ trip to Seattle in June was intense competition on the soccer field against the best teams in the country as they played in the ECNL National Championship tournament with their nationally ranked team from McLean, the importance and value of the off-the-field experiences they were exposed to cannot be overstated.

while their team just missed out on qualifying for the semifinals, the value and opportunity for these girls to travel across the country to Seattle, to take in Pike Place Market, to visit the world famous ‘gum wall’, and to pedal boating on the water, are experiences that they will not only hold onto but ones that will help shape the way they view their own community, their perspectives on the world around them, and their futures as growing young women.

take a look at their trip, on and off the field, here:

 

 

 

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Open Goal Project coaches USA's Street Child World Cup team in Moscow

in late 2017, we at Open Goal Project started the process of assembling a team of nine DC SCORES alumni girls to fly to Russia to represent the United States at the Street Child World Cup in Moscow in partnership with America SCORES and the National Network For Youth. Open Goal was tasked with coaching the team, and also coordinating with the players and their families ahead of the trip. countless calls, meetings, forms, home visits, passport office visits, visa office visits and coordination with families, the ladies headed to Russia, with our Executive Director Amir Lowery as coach.

just before they left for Moscow, DC United and Adidas surprised our girls with incredible new gear:

we believe in using soccer as a vehicle for growth and greater life experiences for our players, leveraging the game for personal growth, cultural enrichment and increased social awareness and traveling to Moscow to participate in an international event presented a unique opportunity to do just that.

our team of young women representing the US faced off against teams like Brazil, Egypt, Mexico and Tanzania, while also participating in conferences and events focused on global issues with teams from more than 20 different countries.

a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an incredible victory for our players and our mission.

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Open Goal Project alumni seeking greater heights on and off field at UDC
 meet Michel. he’s one of our first Open Goal Project alumni and he’s currently pursuing his education and playing soccer for the University of the District of Columbia.  after facilitating and helping cover expenses for Michel's travel soccer experience while he was in high school, we’re excited to watch him continue to grow on the field, in the classroom, and as a young man.  Michel's just one example of how we’re helping to empower our players to leverage their talents to pursue greater heights, and we can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

meet Michel. he’s one of our first Open Goal Project alumni and he’s currently pursuing his education and playing soccer for the University of the District of Columbia.

after facilitating and helping cover expenses for Michel's travel soccer experience while he was in high school, we’re excited to watch him continue to grow on the field, in the classroom, and as a young man.

Michel's just one example of how we’re helping to empower our players to leverage their talents to pursue greater heights, and we can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

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Precious and Ariana's journey continues with national showcase tournament in Arizona
 Ariana and Precious just returned from a five-day trip to Phoenix for a national showcase tournament with their McLean ECNL team.  the girls continue to make large strides and are excelling. in Phoenix, they went 3-0, playing against some of the best teams in the country and in front of coaches from dozens of colleges nationwide on hand to watch for potential recruitment. their team now leads the Mid-Atlantic Conference of ECNL, ahead of teams from up and down the coast with a national tournament bid on the way.  the exposure that comes from Precious and Ariana competing in this tournament in Phoenix cannot be overstated. and yet, the pricetag is great.  between their flights, hotels, and food for the weekend, the girls’ trip to Phoenix cost more than $2,000. the fact is that without your support, this incredibly valuable experience and exposure simply wouldn’t be possible for Precious and Ariana. with your help, we’re making these experiences happen.    we know that empowering our players to overcome off-field obstacles is imperative to them having the opportunity to make the most of their natural abilities on the field. we remain firm in our belief that there is no better place to invest our time and our resources than in our players like Precious and Ariana, giving them the chance to leverage their talent for greater life experiences.  with your support we’ll continue to do just that . ⚽️❤️⚽️

Ariana and Precious just returned from a five-day trip to Phoenix for a national showcase tournament with their McLean ECNL team.  the girls continue to make large strides and are excelling. in Phoenix, they went 3-0, playing against some of the best teams in the country and in front of coaches from dozens of colleges nationwide on hand to watch for potential recruitment. their team now leads the Mid-Atlantic Conference of ECNL, ahead of teams from up and down the coast with a national tournament bid on the way.

the exposure that comes from Precious and Ariana competing in this tournament in Phoenix cannot be overstated. and yet, the pricetag is great.

between their flights, hotels, and food for the weekend, the girls’ trip to Phoenix cost more than $2,000. the fact is that without your support, this incredibly valuable experience and exposure simply wouldn’t be possible for Precious and Ariana. with your help, we’re making these experiences happen. 


we know that empowering our players to overcome off-field obstacles is imperative to them having the opportunity to make the most of their natural abilities on the field. we remain firm in our belief that there is no better place to invest our time and our resources than in our players like Precious and Ariana, giving them the chance to leverage their talent for greater life experiences. with your support we’ll continue to do just that. ⚽️❤️⚽️

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A few years ago these girls weren't playing competitive soccer. Now, they're traveling across the country doing just that.
 how about some GOOD news?! meet Precious and Ariana. just a couple of years ago, the only organized soccer these two supremely talented young ladies were playing after school was through  DC SCORES .  fast forward to now: with the support of  Open Goal Project , Precious and Ariana are playing on McLean's ECNL team, one of the top youth girls teams in the region. the program they're playing with sends the vast majority of their players off to play soccer at Division I universities. already this season, Precious and Ariana have traveled with their team to compete in matches and tournaments in North Carolina and Florida and in just weeks they'll be playing against some of the nation's best teams in a tournament in Arizona.  with the support of our community, we've been able to help put Precious and Ariana in a position to capitalize on their natural potential. we can't wait to see where they go from here.   click here to help us open even more goals for talented youth players like Precious and Ariana!

how about some GOOD news?! meet Precious and Ariana. just a couple of years ago, the only organized soccer these two supremely talented young ladies were playing after school was through DC SCORES.

fast forward to now: with the support of Open Goal Project, Precious and Ariana are playing on McLean's ECNL team, one of the top youth girls teams in the region. the program they're playing with sends the vast majority of their players off to play soccer at Division I universities. already this season, Precious and Ariana have traveled with their team to compete in matches and tournaments in North Carolina and Florida and in just weeks they'll be playing against some of the nation's best teams in a tournament in Arizona.

with the support of our community, we've been able to help put Precious and Ariana in a position to capitalize on their natural potential. we can't wait to see where they go from here.

click here to help us open even more goals for talented youth players like Precious and Ariana!

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