As part of the 10th anniversary of the the Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club, organizers, coaches and team members celebrated with new transportation for the team and a $7,500 grant from Together Rising.
SBFC is a small nonprofit that provides soccer opportunities for low income boys and girls in Segundo Barrio. Programs include both competitive and recreational soccer teams, after school soccer and college prep.
After years of not having transportation, the SBFC was able to purchase a passenger van, with assistance from their sponsor Rudolph Honda, equipped with a wheelchair lift and the SBFC logos, designed by local artists Cimi Alavardo and Aron Venegas.
“The new van will provide assistance to SBCF teammates who need transportation to games, field trips, and support the academic and cultural components of its programs,” club officials shared.
The club was also awarded $7,500 from Together Rising to expand its programming as it recovers from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. SBCF experienced challenges from COVID-19 that affected low-income families and immigrant communities.
Officials say the Together Rising grant will provide soccer opportunities for neighborhood youth in its recreational, competitive and college prep programs. The grant will also bring new uniforms, equipment and a budget for activities.
Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club members added that they are grateful for the continued support of its sponsors and families during the pandemic.
Since March 2020, Together Rising. has been focused on addressing urgent needs arising from the pandemic. Acting as virtual first responders for individuals and families in crisis, as of the end of March 2021, they have given $1,136,587.84 to assist individuals and families.