OCF at Englewood

Orlando City SC Helps Bring Soccer to Engelwood

This past Saturday, October 19, Orlando City SC headed out to Engelwood Community Center in honor of the Center’s first soccer game of the season. Orlando City was continuing their support of the Center in their quest of making soccer available to the children of the area.

Orlando City first became involved with the Engelwood Community Center in June of 2013 when District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz and Coca-Cola collaborated to renovate the soccer ‘coral’ located at the Center. Orlando City players spent that day with the children and left them with five new soccer balls.

This month, the Orlando City Foundation gave its first micro-grant to Engelwood Community Center for its brand new soccer program, which allowed Engelwood to begin its first organized soccer program for children 4-6 years old. Micro-grants given by the Orlando City Foundation are grants distributed in amounts of $500-$1,000. They are given to organizations, which bring programs to under-served areas.

On Saturday, Orlando was represented by Midfielder Jamie Watson, who took photos with the teams and also acted as the honorary referee for the game. It was the Center's very first game of a hopefully wonderful season of soccer!

Randolph Holloman Program Coordinator shared his thoughts on the day, saying “The parents all applaud the effort that we do here, but I always remind them it would have not been done without the support of the Lions.”

Both the Foundation and Club are happy to be apart of the inaugural season of soccer for the Engelwood Community Center!

UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.