The US Soccer Foundation, a Medora Ventures client, was featured in the New York Times today for its Safe Places to Play initiative.
The partnership was born last year in a meeting of officials from the Mayor’s Fund, which specializes in public-private partnerships, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which is building 1,000 soccer fields around the country. Additional partners, New York City F.C. and Adidas, a Major League Soccer Sponsor, then joined the collaboration and established the goal of installing 50 fields in New York, by far the most of any city to date.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced that the first eight fields will be placed at Millbrook Playground in the South Bronx, where an all-weather synthetic field will replace part of a dilapidated playground. The 50 fields will be built on an array of underused or rundown city property, including existing parks and school playgrounds. The project will eventually reach an estimated 10,000 children, the New York Times reported.
The partnership was first discussed in a meeting last year with city officials who specialize in public-private partnerships and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which is working with Medora Ventures to develop 1,000 soccer fields around the country.
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