LOS ANGELES (Thursday, July 6, 2023) – The LA Galaxy Foundation, Herbalife, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced a joint commitment to install four new mini-pitches across Los Angeles by 2026.
The four new mini-pitches build on two new mini-pitches installed at DeForest Park in Long Beach earlier this year. The LA Galaxy Foundation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation also installed a mini-pitch at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Santa Ana as part of the 20-for-20 Initiative with Major League Soccer, adidas, and Southern New Hampshire University in 2016.
“The LA Galaxy is honored to continue our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Herbalife as we look to install new mini-pitches across Los Angeles by 2026,” said Tom Braun, LA Galaxy Senior Vice President of Soccer & Business Operations and Business Development. “Not only do these fields provide safe places to play in our neighborhoods, but they expand on our collective commitment to the advancement of the sport at all levels as we look to grow the game of soccer in our communities."
About the size of a basketball court, mini-pitches are small, customized, hard-court surfaces that are perfectly suited for organized soccer programs and pick-up games. Mini-pitches serve as community hubs and are shown to strengthen community cohesion, encourage physical activity, and improve safety perceptions.
“Through this partnership and commitment to giving back to our communities, we can make a lasting impact on children by encouraging well-being based on positive experiences that help them live their best lives,” said Humberto Calleja, Herbalife Vice-President and General Manager for Herbalife, North America.
Community surveys found that 99% of those living in communities with mini-pitches say that people in their community are more active after the installation of a mini-pitch, 98% say that their community feels safer after the installation of a mini-pitch, and 91% say that their mini-pitch serves as a community hub.
“We’re thrilled to expand upon our relationship with the LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife and provide more safe places to play across Los Angeles,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “These mini-pitches not only provide safe places for youth to play, but serve as community hubs that strengthen communities.”
This new commitment 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. To date, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has installed over 600 mini-pitches nationwide. The goal is to install 1,000 by 2026.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. To date, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has installed over 600 mini-pitches nationwide. The goal is to install 1,000 by 2026.
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