The FC Dallas Foundation is the charitable arm of FC Dallas and FC Dallas Stadium. The Foundation strives to positively impact the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth through the sport of soccer.
The Foundation seeks to promote healthy, active children by programs such as:
- The BR Heart Project: Which promotes good heart health by participating in the AHA Heart Walk and by offering assistance for AED training to nonprofits and schools.
- Field Development: A project to build well-lit turf soccer fields in low socio-economic areas which will provide safe playing environments and facilitate active lifestyles in local youth.
The Foundation is committed to supporting disadvantaged youth through activities such as:
- Kicks for Kids: A program that partners with local nonprofits serving at-risk children. The Foundation works with these organizations to allow children the opportunity to experience a professional soccer match at FC Dallas Stadium.
- The Gear Up Project: A project which collects new and gently used soccer gear to distribute to those in need locally and globally.
The FC Dallas Foundation partners with various organizations to contribute to its mission. Some of these are the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFI), America SCORES Dallas, Lionsraw USA and Surgance.
For more information about the FC Dallas Foundation and its programs, contact Melissa Reddick or call 469-365-0147.
FC Dallas Foundation Field
The FC Dallas Foundation field will be located at the Bataan Center which is operated by the West Dallas Community Centers. The predominantly Hispanic West Dallas area is home to over 25,000 residents in a 10.8 mile radius. The Bataan Center, located a short distance from the Trinity River, sits on nine acres that include a small playground and basketball court. There is plenty of vacant land for a 6,000 sq. ft. fenced turf soccer field. The field will be a modified replica of the Freddy Field at Maple Lawn Elementary, which the Foundation helped to build in 2011.
By partnering with City and Community leaders, local businesses and organizations such as the Pro Players Foundation, the FC Dallas Foundation Field is slated to break ground in the Spring of 2013. Along with Pro Players, the FC Dallas Foundation will host a character camp to teach children leadership skills through soccer. The Foundation is fundraising to complete this asset for the youth of West Dallas.
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The FC Dallas Foundation is proud to be partnering with the following entities to make this field a reality:
Robert Moehler, Kevin Kelley and Clay Small
The FC Dallas Foundation and Lionsraw will also be hosting a fundraiser called Match For A Day in 2013. Details coming soon!
The Bobby Rhine Heart Project
FC Dallas lost a beloved member of our family, Bobby Rhine, to a sudden heart attack in early September 2011 at the age of 35. Bobby played for FC Dallas from 1999 until 2008 when he joined the staff of FC Dallas as a broadcaster and became the voice of the club. To honor Bobby’s life, the FC Dallas Foundation has created the Bobby Rhine Heart Project. The project includes two elements:
- To raise funds to help organizations obtain the necessary training for AED and CPR.
Many organizations cannot afford the cost of training that is needed to use the AED that they have. The FC Dallas Foundation reaches out directly to non-profit organizations, including schools, through the American Heart Association and the Red Cross to offer assistance to cover the high cost of the training.
To understand the importance of AED training, watch this video about a girl in Frisco whose life was saved due to quick thinking and proper AED training.
- To raise funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) and promote good heart health by walking annually in the Dallas Heart Walk in September.
On Saturday, September 8, the Foundation team comprised of FC Dallas staff, players and fans, as well as the Rhine family, walked to honor Bobby and raise awareness for good heart health. Our team of 116 raised over $10,000 for the American Heart Association. Check back in May when we start organizing the 2013 team.
The FC Dallas Foundation provides free community soccer clinics to locations throughout the Metroplex by partnering with various nonprofits such as the Boys & Girls Club. The FC Dallas Community Clinics initiative is geared toward traditionally underprivileged areas to provide children the opportunity to run through soccer drills with professional athletes and trained coaches.
The Foundation would like to thank, A-Affordable, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cash America, Conn’s, MoneyGram, Novo Nordisk and TXU Energy for their support of the FC Dallas Community Clinics.
Photos from our April event: