New York, NY—South Bronx United held its 10th Anniversary Benefit at the Museum of the City of New York on Thursday, November 7th, 2019. The organization honored Sunil Gulati, the former US Soccer President and current FIFA Council member, and Paul and Courtney Carroll Levinsohn for their support across industries in using sport as a tool for social change. Julieth Noguez, a senior at Lehman College majoring in Anthropology, was honored as the Alumni Honoree. The event brought nearly 350 guests together to celebrate and raise funds for the organization’s youth development programs that reach more than 1,200 young people and their families annually and combine soccer programming with academic enrichment, college access, mentoring, immigration legal services, and more.
During the evening’s presentation, the honorees engaged in discussion with the Master of Ceremonies, Meredith Cazales, an 11th Graders at the Careers in Sports High School in the Bronx. Ms. Cazales joined South Bronx United when she was ten years old and is now a leader in the SBU Academy program and its Girls U19 soccer team.
Her first interviewees were the Levinsohns, who have been significant supporters of the organization and its mission including helping found the SBU Karen Barth Arts Program. Ms. Levinsohn is the founder of Growth Through Sport and the Executive Producer of Coach, a 2019 documentary short following one woman’s inspiring journey to earn the prestigious UEFA A coaching license. Through Growth Through Sport, she partners with local organizations to support sport as a vehicle for positive social change. Mr. Levinsohn is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of the New York City Regional Center
(NYCRC) which has provided over $1.5 billion of capital to help fund infrastructure and real estate projects in New York City and have enabled 4,800 individuals from around the world to become permanent residents of the United States through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Previously, he served as a law clerk for Judge Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Chief Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, and was a charter corps member of Teach for America. Mr. Levinsohn the South Bronx United Advisory Council.
Ms. Cazales then interviewed Mr. Gulati, who has played an crucial role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s. He played a lead role in bringing the 1994 and historic 2026 Men’s World Cups as well as the 1999 and 2003 Women’s World Cups to the United States. Mr. Gulati served as the President of U.S. Soccer from 2006 to 2018, a member of the board of directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and serves as one of three CONCACAF representatives on the FIFA Council (formerly the FIFA Executive Committee). He is also highly regarded senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University, where he has continued to teach for the past three decades.
The final speaker, Ms. Noguez, graduated from University Heights High School and from the SBU Academy in 2015. Born in Puebla, Mexico, she is a prior DACA recipient but also now holds legal permanent residency thanks to the immigration screenings and legal support provided by South Bronx United’s immigration services program. Ms. Noguez expects to graduate in the spring and pursue a career as a conservator.
The 10th Anniversary Annual Benefit is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event. At the end of the evening, the organization had reached its $200,000 fundraising goal. The evening’s top sponsors included Bregal Partners, Two Sigma Investments, the Tylis Family Foundation, Growth Through Sport, New York City Regional Center, accounting firm Frendel Brown & Weissman LLP, and the law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges. Local catering sponsors included Dos Toros Taqueria, Shake Shack, the Bronx Brewery, Bronx Pretzels, Sully and Vanilla, Lagunita Brewery, and Enotria Wine.
All proceeds from the evening go back to support the organization’s mission to change the lives of youth and families in the Bronx. South Bronx United, a 501c3 nonprofit youth development organization, was founded in 2009. The organization’s mission is to use soccer as a tool for social change aiming to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. South Bronx United strives to promote 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. To learn more or support the organization, visit www.southbronxunited.org. To learn more about the 10th Anniversary Benefit visit sbusupporters.org/benefit.
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