Join the City of Storm Lake, Kick It Forward, Musco Lighting and members of your community, all working together to provide greater opportunities to the youth in Buena Vista County.
The completed Mini-Pitch will be located at Chautauqua Park in Storm Lake.
Watch the video to see a Mini-Pitch being used!
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 provide 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.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and we are devoted to bringing more opportunities to the youth in Buena Vista County. A Mini-Pitch comes with lights and benches, so all kids need to play is a ball.
A Mini-Pitch is not just a place to play. It's a safe place to gather, make new friends, and create shared experiences. With the Mini-Pitch, youth in Storm Lake are able to foster a greater sense of community.
As a soccer loving community, Storm Lake youth continue to need safe places to play. By building a Mini-Pitch at Chautauqua Park, thousands of kids now have free access to a safe and accessible playing environment.
"Revitalizing space and providing equal access are values that we strongly support through our work with the Mini-Pitch Initiative. We are excited to see the commitment put forth by our partners, the City of Storm Lake and Kick It Forward, to develop sustainable soccer ecosystems that will help the youth of Buena Vista County grow and develop their skills."
- Jeff Rogers, VP of Developmental Sales, Musco Lighting
"We always have kids playing soccer on the tennis courts at Chautauqua Park. Adding a Mini-Pitch gives the youth a permanent structure with goals and will only add to their experience. We have a large soccer-loving community and continue seeing kids play the game; this addition will only benefit them and our community by giving everybody a safe and accessible place to play the game they love."
- Joe Kucera, Community Education Director, Storm Lake School District
"The game of soccer has created so many opportunities for me. Life-long friendships, learning to overcome obstacles, problem solving, teamwork, time management--all those life skills I use every day can be attributed to soccer. We look forward to giving the kids of Storm Lake the feeling of playing in a 'mini-stadium' and filling their appetite for soccer.”
- Matt Sahag, Founder, Kick it Forward
Storm Lake, the county seat of Buena Vista County, is part of the Iowa Lakes Corridor and one of the state's most diverse communities. Chautauqua Park is the city's largest park and home to tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground. Located on the north shore of the lake, it is an ideal location for the Mini-Pitch. The Mini-Pitch will be easily accessible by foot or bicycle for one of the largest soccer-loving populations in the state.
Kick It Forward is committed to making the game of soccer more accessible in Iowa. Kick It Forward's goal is to foster 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 15 Mini-Pitches throughout Iowa and looks forward to working with the City of Storm Lake to bring a Mini-Pitch to this soccer obsessed community.
Since 1976, Musco Lighting has focused on the design and manufacture of sports and transportation/infrastructure lighting systems. Offering permanent and temporary lighting solutions, Musco Lighting is the world leader in lighting. To date, Musco has installed over 150 Mini-Pitches throughout the country.
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