Alumni Speaker Aicha Fofana with SBU social worker Samantha Norris

BRONX, NY – South Bronx United held its 4th Annual Benefit at the Midtown Loft and Terrace in New York City on Tuesday, November 11th, raising $54,000 in net proceeds.  100% of the funds raised will go towards sustaining and expanding the nonprofit organization’s youth development programs that combine soccer with mentoring, academic enrichment, college prep, leadership development, and support services.

The evening was kicked off by emcee Jared Max, a multi-award winning sportscaster and talk show host currently be heard on WCBS-880 and read on, and featured speeches from Board Chairman Dave Hahn and South Bronx United’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Andrew So.  However, the star of the night was alumni Aicha Fofana who currently attends the City College of New York.  Aicha was born in Sierra Leone in the middle of the nation’s civil war.  Her family fled to Guinea where Aicha lived until moving to the Bronx in 2008.  She joined South Bronx United and the SBU Rising Stars in 2011.  Aicha graduated this spring valedictorian from Bronx Latin High School .  This fall, she began her first semester at City College thanks to $4,000 from the South Bronx United College Scholarship to support her tuition and expenses.  The scholarship is awarded every year by the organization’s scholarship committee to deserving graduates.

South Bronx United's 4th Annual Benefit was held at the Midtown Loft and Terrace in New York City

Over 200 guests attended the event, which was sponsored by Dos Toros Taqueriathe Bronx Brewery, Two Sigma Investments, and InterFysio LLC.  Numerous other businesses and institutions contributed to the evening’s success.  A live and silent auction featured teams donated from New York City FC, the New York Yankees, Relish Caterers, the Late Show with David Letterman, and more.

South Bronx United has served community youth since 2009 through its mission of using soccer for social change.  Currently over 600 boys and girls participated in programs that help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. Among South Bronx United’s goals are the promotion of educational achievement, health and wellness, and character development through activities on and off the soccer field and to unite a diverse group of individuals and an incredibly diverse community toward common positive goals.

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