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 partnering with the AHA in various initiatives.
- 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 encourages character building and service learning through these partners:
- FCD Youth – A partnership to help FCDY in its service endeavors for the youth’s PRACTICE program, which promotes strong character traits such as compassion and integrity.
- Special Olympics FC Dallas (SOFCD) – A partnership to build an SOFCD team annually to compete against other SO teams of MLS and give the athletes a professional soccer experience.
The Foundation is committed to supporting disadvantaged youth through activities such as:
- The Gear Up Project – A project which collects new and gently used soccer gear to distribute to those in need locally and globally.
- Harper Fund Scholarship – An effort to scholarship children to play rec soccer, through a partnership with the Friends of Rob.
For more information about the FC Dallas Foundation and its programs, contact Melissa Reddick or call 469-365-0147.
FC DALLAS FOUNDATION FIELD
In 2011, the FC Dallas Foundation partnered with the Freddy Fund to complete a small-sided turf field at Maple Lawn Elementary. The Freddy Field was built in memory of Freddy Garcia Jr., an FC Dallas youth player who passed away suddenly. Freddy, the son of Dallas Tornados player Freddy Garcia Sr., grew up in the neighborhood so it was only fitting that the community would receive this special gift from Freddy’s friends and family.
After the completion of the Freddy Field, the Foundation decided that more urban areas in the DFW area would benefit from similar fields and, to date, the Foundation has dedicated three fields. These fields provide well-lit turf soccer pitches in low socio-economic areas which will provide safe playing environments and facilitate active lifestyles in local youth.
Thanks to the generosity of individuals, partners and grant agencies, the last two fields were completed in 2014 at Mercy St. in West Dallas (VIDEO) and Jubilee Park in South Dallas (VIDEO). The FC Dallas Foundation dedicated a new field presented by AdvoCare at The Salvation Army in East Plano in 2016 (VIDEO). This project would not be possible without the generosity of AdvoCare, Toyota, Huawei, Carter Weinstein, the Williams Family, FedEx Office, Dallas Children’s Charities, Sewell Motor Company and Piada Italian Street Food. Since 2011, the FC Dallas Foundation has built five fields worth $1.2M which are enjoyed by over 3,000 people per week!
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, and then transitioned to become an FC Dallas staff broadcaster and the voice of the club. To honor Bobby, the FC Dallas Foundation has created the Bobby Rhine Heart Project. The Project raises funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) and promotes good heart health by walking in the annual Dallas Heart Walk in September.
From 2012 to 2016, our team of FC Dallas staff, players and fans, as well as the Rhine family, raised over $35,000 each year for the American Heart Association. Join our team for the walk on September 9, 2017 by registering here. Everyone that joins the team and donates will receive a special BR19 bandana. So, throw on your favorite FCD and BR gear and head to the base of Reunion to walk us once again!
See you September 9th!