Bringing the Fields to the Streets
The Urban Initiative was created by the Players Development Academy (PDA) during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The PDA recognizes that most participation in organized soccer within the United States is among children who are socioeconomically advantaged. The Urban Initiative strives to bring soccer to children who would otherwise be unable to access the sport. More players create more possibilities for the children and for the game of soccer in the US.
The goal of the Urban Initiative is to provide premier soccer turf facilities and coaching to children living in underserved urban communities throughout the state of NJ and across the nation.
Creating infrastructure for change. Benefiting the players and the sport.
The Urban Initiative will provide more athletes the tools necessary to develop their skills in soccer. The Urban Initiative will ultimately change the landscape of soccer in the US by creating greater socioeconomic diversity on the field.
Academic advancement through college scholarships—break the poverty cycle through education
Positive socialization / Distraction from negative influencers
Habit-forming outlet for athletic pursuit
Reduce rates of childhood obesity
BENEFITS TO US SOCCER
Increased diversity and inclusion
Futsal improves skill levels
Discover elite players
Creates winning mentality
Allows for creativity
Increased peer accountability