Vancouver Whitecaps FC are pleased to announce that the club will be partnering with Canada SCORES Vancouver (CSV), a not-for-profit society that helps at-risk students find their voice, achieve their goals, and reach their full potential through an after-school program. The program will feature the game of soccer, the art of poetry, and a community service component. CSV looks to inspire, engage, and make a difference to at-risk urban students allowing them to lead healthy, productive, and confident lives.
“Canada SCORES Vancouver is about creating opportunities for the children and youth,” said Bob Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC president. “We’re very honoured to begin this relationship.”
The partnership between Whitecaps FC and Canada SCORES will enhance the experience of the youth participating in the program in many ways including player appearances, complimentary tickets, equipment and clothing, and financial contributions.
CSV is based on the model pioneered by America SCORES. It has had huge success and today impacts more than 7,500 youth each year in over 140 public schools in the USA. Modeled on this success, Vancouver will be the first MLS city in Canada to start a SCORES program.
“We are very excited to start the after-school program for in-need students with the support of Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” said Mark Mahl, Canada SCORES Vancouver executive director. “The club’s involvement is key to our start-up success, as it is pivotal for the development of these young students to be engaged with such strong role models in the sport of soccer.”
For more information on Canada SCORES Vancouver, please visit www.canadascores.org.