New Jersey Youth Soccer Thursday announced the addition of United Nations Soccer School in Newark, N.J. as a member club through its Innovate to Grow community outreach.

The Innovate to Grow Fund was introduced by the U.S. Soccer Federation. The initiative seeks to develop underserved soccer communities, with an overall focus on building the sport at the grassroots level.

“We are thrilled to see the progress that NJYS has made using the ITG grant in the past two years,” U.S. Soccer president Cindy Cone said in a statement. “The work that NJYS and all of our members do continues to be invaluable as we strive to grow our game for all.”

United Nations Soccer School was established two years ago.

Segundo Gonzalez (President of United Nations Soccer School) and David Ricca (NJYS Innovate to Grow Consultant). Photo courtesy of NJ Youth Soccer.

Due to being a new program, it is challenging for United Nations Soccer School to obtain a field. The school uses a park for training for the time being but hopes to acquire its own field soon.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity where all of our kids will get to practice with others of their same level. Also, we look to utilize resources from NJ Youth Soccer to make us better as players, admins and coaches,” United Nations Soccer School president Segundo Gonzalez said in a statement. “I thank David Ricca for recognizing the need for support of our club, and we are so excited to be a member of NJ Youth Soccer. We now know that we are not alone anymore to get the kids of Newark off the streets.”

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