PepsiCo, Inc. has donated $15,000 to the Big Apple Youth Soccer League.

The company has created the Team of Champions, which provides the gift of soccer to underserved communities. Its $1 million commitment over three years will make actionable investments on and off the field to help create transformational change across the United States through soccer.

The BAYSL was among local organizations that Pepsico selected among its “Starting Eleven.”

The funds will go to league members still suffering financially from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be used to pay for registration, equipment plus coaches licensing courses.

“We are very grateful to Pepsi and Lay’s as we never thought that we would receive such an amount, because we did not receive any large donations for more than 15 years and we don’t have sponsorships like other leagues,” BAYSL president Carlos Vergara said. “I hope this help from Pepsi and Lay’s will continue to help poor communities like us to promote the beautiful sport of soccer. We can take kids off the streets and help them receive scholarships. That was the goal for league founder and former President Luis Montoya and we are proud to carry on his great work.”

Team of Champions is supported by LA Galaxy and Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who has joined the PepsiCo athlete roster. In his first national effort partnering with Pepsi and Lay’s, Chicharito said, “I’m proud to partner with Pepsi and Lay’s to bring the beautiful game to underserved communities across the country. From access to safe play, gear and equipment, to coaching and role models, Team of Champions looks to remove barriers to the game that have become harder to move, particularly during the pandemic.”