New York City FC Launches New Youth Soccer Weekend Programming ‘Night Leagues’ with EmPower Solar 

  • Night Leagues will take place at brand new weekend programming site at Flushing High School

New York City FC (NYCFC) today launched Night Leagues, a new youth soccer weekend program. The new programming will be based at a new pilot site at Flushing High School. Official Solar Partner of the Club, EmPower Solar, will serve as the primary partner for the new program.

Night Leagues aims to empower youth through ongoing weekend soccer programming and provide participants with access to professional development opportunities. NYCFC’s nonprofit foundation, City in the Community (CITC), will recruit youth aged 15-18 from Flushing High School and the surrounding areas for the pilot site. In addition to free soccer programming, NYCFC and EmPower Solar will connect participants to mentors and resources to improve their career and college readiness.

“We're excited to work with NYCFC through Night Leagues, a program designed to empower youth in NYC. Beyond soccer, this initiative embodies our commitment to community enrichment,” said EmPower Solar Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Diiorio. “Together we're creating pathways for growth and education and fostering a brighter future for local youth. This partnership reflects our shared values of community engagement and we're eager to see the positive impact Night Leagues will make in nurturing the potential of these young individuals.”

Night Leagues will run for two hours every Saturday evening throughout 2024, providing 45 weeks of programming, including professional development workshops with EmPower employees. This new youth program builds on NYCFC’s ongoing commitment to create safe spaces during high crime hours and increase access to soccer for young people.

“We are grateful for our partners at EmPower Solar for their collaboration in launching Night Leagues,” said Paul Jeffries, City in the Community Executive Director. “Providing free soccer programming and access to safe spaces to play are key parts of our goal to empower the lives of New York City youth through the beautiful game. Night Leagues will not only accomplish that goal, but also provide participants with life skills and preparation for the next chapter of their lives.”

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