LA Galaxy and Southern New Hampshire University Team up to Unveil New Mini-Pitch in Watts, Los Angeles
AEG’s LA Galaxy Foundation, in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), unveiled a brand-new community soccer field in Watts, Los Angeles at 109th Street Recreation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The new turf mini-pitch opened in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks, and LAPD Southeast Division to provide a safe place for the local Watts community to play soccer.
The unveiling ceremony featured remarks by Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, LA Galaxy General Manager Peter Vagenas and SNHU Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships Steve Thiel. Also in attendance was LA Galaxy goalkeeper and SNHU student Jon Kempin and LA Galaxy mascot Cozmo. Following the ceremony, the Galaxy and SNHU hosted a soccer clinic for 30 local youth members.
“We are thrilled to work with SNHU to provide a new soccer field in Watts,” said Chris Klein, President, LA Galaxy. “The LA Galaxy remain committed to our local community and we are pleased to provide another safe place for kids to play soccer in a neighborhood near StubHub Center. We are proud to partner with SNHU as they share our values and vision of giving back to the Los Angeles community.”
The field donation is the second of three initiatives between SNHU and LA Galaxy that focuses on giving back to the Los Angeles community this season. It also marks the seventh soccer field that the LA Galaxy have unveiled in the Los Angeles community in the last four years.
In addition to the new mini-pitch and through the LA Galaxy’s partnership with SNHU, LAPD Southeast Division Officer Borquez was also awarded a scholarship to pursue his master’s degree at SNHU online at the event.
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