Founded just eight short years ago, FC Cincinnati (FCC) wasted no time in creating initiatives to benefit greater Cincinnati families and fans, primarily through its FCC Foundation (FCCF).
The foundation, says Kate Solomon, Senior Vice President of Fan & Community Engagement and Executive Director of the FCCF, “is committed to leaving a legacy, creating something bigger than ourselves, and being the embodiment of a rising Cincinnati. Through our own programs and initiatives and the support of key partners, we will improve the lives of children through soccer and will continue to do our part to create an inclusive community.”
The FCCF invests in partner organizations, including $100,000 in grant funding each year, to support the following community-building initiatives within the West End:
Learning Is Cool: An education incentive program that rewards students for strong academic performance with quarterly prizes and an Academic Achievement Celebration at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. More than 7,500 students were honored for their academic performance at this year’s Academic Achievement Celebration.
Soccer Unites: In-school and after-school programming that brings soccer to school gyms, after-school programs and summer camps as part of a partnership with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Activities Beyond the Classroom, Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.
“In 2022,” Soloman says, “we reached 849 hours of programming, 4,460 participants, and 188 FCC staff appearances.”
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To learn more about FC Cincinnati Foundation initiatives impacting the city, visit www.fccincinnati.com/community/foundation.