United States

Key achievement

Constructing an enclosed rooftop soccer pitch in East Harlem

City in the Community Foundation

Network Member

City in the Community Foundation was founded in 2004 to give public school children the opportunity to play football, stay healthy and build their self-confidence. Reaching out to thousands of participants weekly, the organisation serves at-risk young people with programmes that use football to teach critical life skills, tackle childhood obesity and help integrate individuals from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Through regular physical education sessions, after-school programmes, community leagues and festivals, coaches engage with children to deliver a curriculum that seeks to set standards in character, academics and athletics in a supportive and positive environment.

Social Topics

Peace Building
Social Integration
Youth leadership


City in the Community Foundation
Paul Jeffries

Latest From City in the Community Foundation

“I think soccer teaches them about self-discipline and the concept of teamwork. I think on a small scale it shows them that in life you could never do it all on your own, that you need the aid of others from time to time to accomplish things and you need to work together with others to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. I feel soccer helps them to grasp that a little bit early on in their lives. It also shows them the importance of physical health, how much exercise can benefit them in different aspects of their lives."

Michael Salvador
City in the Community Coach
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