Leesburg, VA, (05/28/2021) – As a professional soccer franchise in the nation’s capital, the Washington Spirit is committed to making an impact on those around us. Since driving change is a collaborative effort, we’ve partnered with a number of incredible organizations to fully serve those in the community.
Now that we’ve introduced you to our community partners, we want to share with you some organizations that are making an impact in the Washington, D.C. region. Today, our community spotlight will feature Open Goal Project.
Open Goal Project was started with the mission of bringing opportunities for soccer players from low-income families in the Washington, D.C. area. Playing youth sports in the United States can oftentimes be very expensive and the higher up the level gets, the more it tends to cost. At Open Goal Project, they are taking away that burden by keeping their program free for their athletes and putting everything within walking distance of public transportation.
Amir Lowery is the Executive Director and founder of Open Goal Project and a former professional soccer player. When he returned to his hometown of Washington, D.C. to coach, he realized that something needed to be done about access to quality soccer for youth players in the area, and with that, Open Goal Project was born.
While Open Goal Project has been conducting camps and clinics across DC since 2015, their biggest step came in 2019 when District of Columbia Football Club was born. This allowed athletes to play on competitive teams while remaining free of charge. Not only does DCFC provide playing opportunities, they also offer off the field help with programs such as SAT preparation, college counseling, tutoring and mentorship.
Open Goal Project functions at its best with help from community partners such as DC SCORES and District Sports, but also with help through donations. To donate, click here. Follow them on social media @opengoalproject to keep up with the latest news and to learn more.