Members of the NY Red Bulls Street Team entertain the crowd.
Annual Community Event Held at The Waterfront in Newark
New Jersey Youth Soccer partnered with Just One Soccer League this past Saturday for their Celebration of Soccer, a soccer-themed event that welcomed area kids and the surrounding community to a fun-filled day at The Waterfront in Newark, N.J.
“New Jersey Youth Soccer is really proud of our relationship with Just One Soccer League,” said Evan Dabby, Executive Director of NJ Youth Soccer. “At the Celebration of Soccer, hundreds of kids came out to enjoy the game in what is its purest form. The kids were just really having a blast, and that is what makes this event so special.”
Approximately 500 recreation players participated in the Celebration of Soccer, which combined soccer activity with education about health and awareness. Each of the young athletes received a giveaway bag upon departure, and they were also entertained by exciting performances from members of the New York Red Bulls Street Team.
“The Celebration of Soccer is something we started about 21 years ago,” said Nelson Ramirez, Recreation Commissioner of NJ Youth Soccer. “New Jersey Youth Soccer puts a lot of resources into our recreational program, and our purpose is to bring as much as we can to the kids. Every single one of the coaches who were here donated their time strictly to put a smile on the face of these kids, which is why this event is so rewarding.”
The Celebration of Soccer also continues a strong relationship between NJ Youth Soccer and Just One Soccer League, which operates with a mission to transform the community by providing a safe and supportive space where children can develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
“On behalf of all the kids and the City of Newark, thank you to New Jersey Youth Soccer for bringing this event to us again,” said Oscar Rodriguez, Executive Director of Just One Soccer League. “We have been working with New Jersey Youth Soccer for 21 years, and they help us so much. Events like this are great because we are able to show our appreciation, not only from the kids but also the parents, to our state association.”
NJ Youth Soccer partners Bownet, Sky Blue FC and New York Red Bulls were all on hand to support the event. Additionally, Wilson Trophy Company produced a commemorative plaque to recognize Just One Soccer League’s ongoing efforts to build the sport in its community. Topps Trading Cards and JAG Physical Therapy rounded out the list of generous donors, providing giveaway items to the players in attendance.
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