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The proposed Mini-Pitches will be located on Ledge Street, blocks away from Project GOAL's headquarters.
Watch the video to hear what Central Falls Mayor, James Diossa, has to say about the project.
About Project GOAL
A Mini-Pitch is a small futsal-style soccer field to provide a safe place for kids to play.
Designed, engineered, and created by Musco Lighting to assist the U.S. Soccer Foundation in providing safer places to play the game, the Mini-Pitch System is ideal for transforming abandoned courts and other underutilized areas into places where children and families can come together in the spirit of teamwork, empowerment, and physical activity. Here's a rendering of the Mini-Pitch in its proposed location.
Project GOAL is a 100% free, coeducational, academic responsibility, tutoring, and mentoring initiative. Meeting after school, twice a week, students spend 90 minutes of targeting academic enrichment with accredited teachers.
Project GOAL inspires academic success through the reward of soccer. By focusing on their academics for 90 minutes, participants earn an equal amount of time to play soccer. They receive high-level training from licensed coaches.
Located 10 minutes outside of Providence, Central Falls is one of the most densely populated cities in the country. Its population is nearly 50% Hispanic/Latino. The Project GOAL headquarters is located just a couple blocks from the Mini-Pitch site.
"Having a nice Mini-Pitch would have benefited me a lot back when I was a kid. Building one now will help the kids in the community by allowing them to develop friends, play soccer, and just enjoy the game."
- Damian Rivera, New England Revolution, Project GOAL Graduate
"I've volunteered at Project GOAL for the last three years, and I love what they do. Providing educational support for their students and an opportunity for them to improve their game, Project GOAL is a program that everyone can get behind. A Mini-Pitch in Central Falls will provide opportunities and access to the students, and it will help the program take the students' games to the next level."
- Scott Caldwell, New England Revolution, Project GOAL Mentor
"I began working with Project GOAL back in 2005 when I was playing with the New England Revolution, and I've been working with them ever since. This Mini-Pitch project is super important to me because playing pick-up soccer in a safe environment was one of the best things about my childhood. I want as many kids as possible to have that opportunity."
- Michael Parkhurst, Former MLS Player, Cranston, RI Native
"Rhode Island has long held a special place in my heart, having spent several treasured years playing soccer at Brown University and then for the New England Revolution. Having built these Mini-Pitches in other parts of the country, we know the impact it can have on a community and a young player's life. My former teammates and I couldn't be happier to share this opportunity with Project GOAL and the future soccer stars of tomorrow."
- Jeff Larentowicz, Atlanta United, Former Project GOAL Mentor
"I'm really excited to partner up with Project GOAL to build a Mini-Pitch in the City of Central Fall that will not only benefit Project GOAL, but the whole community. Ever since my time at Providence College, I absolute love the area and love the people, and I know how much they love soccer. To be able to build a Mini-Pitch there that will give access to the game and help out Project GOAL, which I volunteered for while I was at PC, is very special to me."
- Julian Gressel, DC United, Former Project GOAL Mentor
"Project GOAL was founded in 2004 with the goal of providing a safe environment, free transportation, tutoring, and soccer training (including equipment and school supplies). We are so excited and proud to have such passionate people behind us for this initiative from both the City of Central Falls and the soccer community - particularly those who volunteered in Project GOAL while they were members of the Brown University, Providence College, and New England Revolution soccer teams. This includes one of our alumni, Damian Rivera, who participated in Project GOAL as a middle schooler and is now a Major League Soccer player with the Revolution. This Mini-Pitch will benefit Project GOAL, all of our students, but also the entire Central Falls and soccer community."
- Founders of Project GOAL
Founded in 2004, Project GOAL (Greater Opportunity for Athletes to Learn) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization inspiring academic achievement through the passion and power of soccer.
The City of Central Falls is the most densely populated city in Rhode Island and is nearly 50% Hispanic/Latino. Over one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, making it the poorest municipality in Rhode Island.
Kick It Forward fosters community through soccer, aiming to develop athletic and life skills in youth to allow them to be powerful resources during their life journey. To date, KIF has helped raise money to build 10 Mini-Pitches throughout the country and plans to continue building more.
As a longtime partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco engineered its Mini-Pitch System to assist the Foundation in dramatically expanding its impact through It's Everyone's Game. To date, Musco has installed over 70 Mini-Pitches throughout the country.
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