Prior to New York City FC hosting Atlas FC in the fourth Campeones Cup on Tuesday, both sides will join forces to carry out community events promoting literacy in New York City and Guadalajara, Mexico to support youth development.

This is the first time in Campeones Cup history that a community event will be hosted in both countries.

This Monday in the Bronx, NYCFC and Atlas FC will unveil a Little Free Library at PS 49 Willis Avenue elementary school with a “Read Aloud” event to celebrate an investment in literacy as an educational resource to complement NYCFC’s existing City in the Community soccer programming. The Little Free Library is one of twelve Little Libraries that will be donated, along with books that address racism and social justice and that amplify BIPOC and LGBTQ voices.

Alongside representatives from each club, Yasmine Sanchez, a CITC Youth Leader, will lead the live reading with a children’s book she wrote, “Passenger,” focused on safe spaces to play and how soccer has provided her with that haven. Through the CITC Youth Leadership and Enterprise program, youth aged 15-24 are empowered to coach soccer to other youth while addressing key issues in their community. Yasmine is using soccer to address the lack of access to diverse stories and bookstores in the Bronx.

The event will kick off with each club’s official pre-game press conference, followed by the Read Aloud event, and will conclude with a soccer clinic for local youth. The soccer clinic will be hosted by CITC Young Leaders at one of NYCFC’s 54 new community mini pitches built as part of the club’s commitment to increasing access to safe spaces to play.

NYCFC defender Maxime Chanot, interim head coach Nick Cushing, Atlas FC goalkeeper Camilo Vargas, and Atlas FC head coach Diego Cocca, will partake in the scheduled activities.