February 13, 2012
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP represented pro bono client, FC Harlem, in entering into a construction contract to build a new soccer-specific field at Riverside Park in Harlem, New York. On October 17, 2011, FC Harlem, New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Soccer Foundation along with Major League Soccer players, Thierry Henry and Rafael Márquez of the New York Red Bulls unveiled the first ever home field for FC Harlem. Additionally, the New York Red Bull staff directed a coaching session.
FC Harlem is a community youth development organization based in Harlem, New York. Through the game of soccer, it has been making a positive impact on the lives of young children and teenagers since 1990. Soccer has been used as a platform to develop L.I.O.NS (Leaders In Our Neighborhoods)™. L.I.O.NS™ assists in establishing a sense of pride and power, and is a safe-haven, for over 500 youth in Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx. It offers academic enrichment, character and promotes leadership development and healthy lifestyles, in young people. The program helps youth to obtain, and maintain values and skills that increase their chances for life success.
For more information on FC Harlem or the new soccer-specific field, please visit http://fcharlemlions.org/ or, http://fcharlemlions.org/blog/2011/10/17/fc-harlem-opens-youth-training-field-with-thierry-henry-and.html.