The Red Bulls, Newark Public Schools and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will announce a new five-year initiative to build 20 mini-soccer play spaces and increase access to evidence-based soccer programming at Newark Public Schools.

Over the next five years, the initiative will enable more than 2,500 Newark youth to participate in Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s after-school soccer program that delivers positive health and youth development outcomes.

The initiative will kick-off with the grand opening of a new small soccer court, called a mini-pitch, at Rafael Hernandez School.

Current Soccer for Success players will join Red Bull players for a scrimmage on the new pitch. The announcement marks the latest development in the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s It’s Everyone’s Game national movement to ensure children in underserved communities can enjoy the health and youth development benefits of the game. Newark is the third municipality nationwide to make a major commitment to building safe places to play and expanding sports-based youth development programs for its youth.

The ceremony will include short remarks from:

A. Robert Gregory, Interim Superintendent, Newark Public Schools

Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark

Denis Hamlett, Sporting Director, Red Bulls

Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation