FRESNO, Calif. - 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.
here's the older group from yesterday's second day of @opengoalproject - @dc_scores elite skills camp. most of the players in this group are sons and daughters of immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Honduras, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Guinea, to name a few. because of the high cost of soccer teams and camps, as well as a number of other elements engrained in the youth soccer landscape that act as hidden barriers to entry, these kids are often left sidelined, despite having the natural skill and desire to compete at a higher level. that's just wrong and that's why we're working to provide programming like this camp to eliminate obstacles that keep our players off the field. instead of sitting at home this week, these players are getting the opportunity to advance their skills with the game they love in a competitive environment, free of charge. judging by the turnout, we're making some progress: even the field, change the game
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“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.”
“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 gameplay 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.
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.
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
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 plays its 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.