Children’s Aid and FC Harlem Celebrate New Soccer Field

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Dunlevy Milbank Center participants Evan Douglas Vazquez (front), Khalil Herring, Jaelen Summers, Michael Schamburger and Pedro Marquez

“There are no ribbons in Soccer” said Irv Smalls, Executive Director of FC Harlem. Instead, to inaugurate the brand new soccer field at The Children’s Aid Society Dunlevy Milbank Center a couple of kids had the opportunity to kick the first goal. On April 9th, 2010 the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Major League Soccer, elected officials, children and parents joined Dunlevy Milbank Center and FC Harlem in celebrating the new soccer pitch located in the center’s playground.

The new mini field will serve as practice space for FC Harlem teams and youth participating in after school and Saturday programming at the Dunlevy Milbank Center. “We know young people need mentorship, support, education, and of course sports, because we know that sports are a great tool to teach leadership, to teach teamwork and to help people be healthy and happy,” said Richard R. Buery, Jr., President and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society.

Pictured (left to right): Irv Smalls, Executive Director, FC Harlem; New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel; Richard Buery, Children’s Aid Society President and CEO; Ed Foster-Simeon, President, U.S. Soccer Foundation; Daniel Rose, FC Harlem Board Member and Don Garber, Commissioner, Major League Soccer.