BRONX, NY –South Bronx United has been announced as one of six projects taking part in Cityzens Giving, a global charitable initiative that uses the power of soccer to change lives. The initiative helps create a fund that is split between six organizations chosen from around the World.
South Bronx United first partnered with Cityzens Giving in March, 2015. One of the South Bronx United youth leaders who helped initiate the program, Mohamed Camara, reflects on it’s inception, “I grew up in the South Bronx, which has one of the most diverse immigrant communities in New York City. It is home to many West Africans and South Americans, basically people who are most familiar with the game of football. For this reason, I believe that football can have a big impact on my community, because it’s one thing that truly brings people together. Besides, having this program in my community is a good way for kids to have fun and stay healthy.”
Run in partnership with City Football Group, whose family of Club’s include New York City Football Club, Manchester City Football Club and Melbourne City Football Club, Cityzens Giving supports young leaders in cities around the world to tackle tough challenges affecting their communities.
Through this partnership, another SBU youth leader, Brenda Casimiro, had the opportunity to participate in the Global Youth Summit in Manchester, England this past June. At the summit, Casimiro talked with other youth leaders about the general challenges the South Bronx community faces, and specifically about mitigating obesity by using soccer to motivate young kids.
To face these challenges, young leaders from South Bronx United deliver football based projects that promote youth leadership and health awareness in the community. When asked why people should support South Bronx United, Camara replied, “soccer turns dreams into reality.”
By voting, fans have the power to decide how much funding each project receives. To make a difference in the lives of over 850 boys and girls in the South Bronx, cast your vote here.
Brenda Casimiro, 18, played for the SBU Rising Stars and currently attends Borough of Manhattan Community College. Read more about Brenda’s experience at the Global Youth Summit here.
Mohamed Camara, 19, played for the SBU Blue Devils and currently attends Sarah Lawrence College.
They both in appear in the video that is linked above.