Downtown Raleigh Football Pop-Up Raises Awareness About Free Play Soccer | Culture
By August 15, City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh is a little different. The open plaza has been replaced with a mini soccer field as part of the downtown summer soccer pop-up.
The mini pitch, very similar to a futsal pitch, was set up in partnership between Raleigh Parks and The Bucy Foundation, with the aim of using sport to bring people downtown and raise awareness of the Free initiative. Bucy Foundation Pay Soccer.
On July 16, the pop-up officially opened with Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, Bucy Foundation President Ashlie Bucy, players from North Carolina FC (NCFC) and NC Courage, and representatives of many other partners all present for the ribbon cutting.
“When I first went to the MLS rally, I didn’t know much about soccer,” Baldwin said. “I introduce myself, there are 1,500 people outside, all jubilant. People from two months to 80 years old, people of all shapes, sizes and colors, speaking multiple languages, and that’s where it hit me. Football is not just a sport. It is about unity. It is a question of diversity. It’s about embracing us all together around a sport.
The Free Play Soccer initiative aims to raise $ 2.5 million over the next two years to build 25 soccer fields in local Triangle neighborhoods. By creating fields and opening up those spaces, the Bucy Foundations hope to uplift North Carolina communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and bring people from all walks of life together.
Other partners like NCFC Youth, NCFC, NC Courage, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Walk West, StreetSoccer USA, Sport Resource Group, Raleigh Futbol 4 All, Nike Soccer and Coach Next join The Bucy Foundation and Raleigh Parks for the pop-up summer football. Door.
“We have all the right ingredients, we just need to collaborate and think, put together some money, and the vision is that we’re going to put 25 fields in the neighborhoods around Raleigh by 2025,” Bucy mentioned. . “It’s a bold vision, but we need your help and we believe we can do it. “
In addition to her role as president of the Bucy Foundation, Bucy is the owner of NC Courage and serves on the advisory board of the William and Ida Friday Institute of Educational Innovation at NC State.
After the ribbon cutting on July 16, NCFC’s Nazmi Albadawi, a North Carolina state alumnus, and Courage’s Kaleigh Kurtz, coached members of the media at a small clinic and clashed with the team. Albadawi by winning a fierce match 5-4. Albadawi and Kurtz have both been heavily involved in the project, serving as player ambassadors for the club.
Launch TOMORROW! We are so proud of our friends at the Bucy Foundation and @raleighparks, who bring this community mini-lot to downtown Raleigh! Check out Player Ambassadors Kaleigh Kurtz and Nazmi Albadawi for more information ♥ ️ pic.twitter.com/W692jFzIEI
– NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) July 15, 2021
In addition to the media day on July 16, the field will host Friday Night Futbol (guided youth pickup from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.), as well as adult leagues, corporate leagues, free clinics, take-out games, yoga and more during the week. . You can find more information about the program at The Bucy Foundation website.