Orlando City and the Orlando City Foundation are active in the community on a daily basis. However, there are several projects from the last few years of which we are extremely proud.
Sun Life Grocery Freezers
Parramore has been classified a "food desert" - a place with little or no access to affordable and nutritious food options. With the help of former player Erik Ustruck who made this issue a personal cause, the Orlando City Foundation funded and installed new freezers in the Sun Life Grocery store, with healthy frozen food options.
Parramore Soccer Clinics
Every day during the entire summer of 2014, Orlando City Foundation held free soccer clinics for children in the Parramore district. The clinics lasted two hours, took place in five different locations, and featured regular appearances from Orlando City players and Orlando Health health professionals, teaching basic soccer skills and promoting health and wellness through exercise and proper nutrition.
Funding New Soccer Projects
The Foundation gives out grants to organizations looking to further the sport of soccer and bring programs to under served areas. Recipients include Engelwood Neighborhood Center who were able to begin a start-up program for 4-6 year olds; Osceola YMCA who purchased full size goals for their club and Lockhart Middle School who purchased soccer jerseys, balls and other equipment to enable children from the low-income families to begin playing soccer.
Supporting Our Three Chosen Charities
Orlando City Foundation donated $10,000 to each of our three chosen charities
- Summer of Dreams, so that 54 kids could attend a free 10 week summer camp.
- Parramore Kidz Zone, giving 10 students a college starter kit.
- Healthy Families Orange, funding programs building healthy positive parenting behaviors.