We believe youth soccer should be free and accessible to children of all backgrounds. Our goal is to raise money to help children learn life skills through soccer.
We were lucky. We were white. We were middle class. We had opportunity. Growing up in the Bay Area in the 80’s and 90’s the youth soccer world was growing rapidly. The sport became popular for many white, middle class girls and boys. We both played on club teams that cost a lot, we both trained together with personal trainers, we both got soccer scholarships to great schools. We both played for our youth national teams and one of us even played professionally for nearly 10 years.
Through our experience we learned how lucky we were. We look back now and realize that we were afforded these opportunities because our families were able to provide them financially. We learned immense life skill from sport and have used that to propel our careers to find success.
But what about the kids who can’t afford it? What about the kids who weren’t so lucky? The ones whose parents can’t afford the $2000+ a year on club fees? The parents who can’t get their kids to practices with the best coaches because they work 3 jobs? The ones who missed out on learning life skills such as time management, teamwork, mental toughness, setting goals, etc? What about those kids?
If we aim as a country to truly develop players to play at the highest level, shouldn’t we be trying to find players from every background? Every race? Every financial situation? Shouldn’t those kids get a chance to learn life through sport?
At South Bay FC we believe that all children deserve a chance to play. They deserve the chance to grow, learn and find success in life through soccer. It is our goal and mission to raise money for our club so that we can offer a different option than anything else out there today. We want kids to be able to play, compete and grow regardless of where they come from. We believe that by doing this, it has potential to grow the soccer culture in the Bay Area. We believe everyone deserves a chance. So will you help us?
-Kelly and Kassie Gray (Executive Director & Community Outreach)
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