New York City FC has been named a finalist for this year’s ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award, the first such honor for a New York sports team. The winner will be announced during an award ceremony that will take place at L.A. Live’s The Novo on July 11.
Throughout its short history in New York, the club has been involved in numerous charitable endeavors. Most notable is City in the Community (CITC), the charity supported by NYCFC, that launched in 2014 and is focused on addressing social issues including health, education and crime prevention throughout New York City.
In addition, NYCFC has expressed a commitment to increasing the physical space within communities for playing soccer and has constructed three soccer pitches to date. Last year, the team and its partners announced “New York City Soccer Initiative,” a commitment to build 50 mini-pitches over a 5-year period. The Initiative will also provide free programming at all of the pitch sites.
“We have seen that soccer has the power to change lives – not only on health, but with the social connections it creates, and the joy it provides,” said Jon Patricof, president of NYCFC. “The scale and the diverse range of our community programs, that use soccer to reach 4,000+ young people each week, make our community work special.”
Joining NYCFC as nominees for ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award finalists are the Chicago White Sox (MLB), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) and San Francisco 49ers (NFL). The award ceremony will be hosted by Laila Ali and ESPN’s Mike Greenberg.
The winner will be able to direct a $100,000 grant from ESPN to the qualified charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts. The finalists will be able to direct a $25,000 grant to the charity related to their award-winning efforts.