CHARLOTTE (Aug. 23, 2020) — As part of the “One Club, One Love” campaign, the Charlotte Independence and Charlotte Independence Soccer Club staff have teamed up with local non-profit organizations, club corporate partners, and first-team players to provide free community clinics over the next 12 months.
To help areas of the community that are underserved and economically challenged, especially in the face of the global pandemic, each community clinic will be paired with one of two non-profit organizations: Heal Charlotte and One7 Ministries. The goals of the clinics are to reach kids 6 to 12 years old, with a positive message about physical fitness, nutrition and values learned through sports. The other goal of the clinics is to drive awareness of and donations to the two non-profit organizations that serve the greater Charlotte region.
The first clinic of the year will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mallard Creek YMCA.
Thomas Finlay, CEO, Independence Soccer Club, said: “One Club, One Love is about positively impacting and influencing children and serving our community. The Independence Soccer Club is excited to be able to mobilize our staff and touch the lives of many young people. We know that sports can positively impact a child’s life, and that is one of our goals.”
To support and emphasize the work that Independence defender Hugh Roberts, goalkeeper Brandon Miller, and defender Shalom Dutey have accomplished off the field, the Independence and Independence Soccer Club have organized the clinics with the guidance of each player and their community service efforts.
“As professional athletes, we have a platform to reach, educate and impact young lives,” said Roberts. “We are excited to join the first team front office and the youth club to go into areas of need and make a lasting impression in hundreds of kids’ lives and to drive donations to these terrific non-profits in the greater Charlotte region.”
The Independence have also teamed up with four of their corporate partners: Famous Toastery, Chick-fil-A, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Novant Health. Famous Toastery and Chick-fil-A each will provide nutritious lunches for the participants. Dick’s Sporting Goods has donated soccer equipment to be used for each clinic and Novant Health will be providing masks and additional health resources to every child.
Tim Schuldt, the Independence’s Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer, added: “We’re thrilled to bring all of these terrific organizations together and bring this to the greater Charlotte region. With our youth club, our first team players and our corporate partners, we will deliver 18 to 24 clinics in the next year, to impact many young lives in our community. We're excited that our players will be partnering with us to make a special impression on these kids and impact these amazing non-profit organizations in our communities."
About Heal Charlotte
Heal Charlotte was birthed in November 2017 shortly after the protest and riots in the city of Charlotte. Feeling the need to be abridge of communication between citizens and their City officials Founder Greg Jackson wanted to address the real issues that have been swept under the rug of the city for years. Along with his partner in crime Antuan Smith, the two have been able to bring the community together through countless events, starting the #HCDAYOUTHCAMP and training over 80 officers of the CMPD for the new Constructive Conversational Team. With four years under their belt under, Heal Charlotte has become a driving force in community engagement, wellness and growth for the youth of Charlotte. More information can be found at www.healcharlotte.org Follow Heal Charlotte on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About One7 Ministries
Over the years God built a small but effective core team of volunteers, families, and churches who have helped us in this battle to change our city. Living out audacious faith to all of those around us, we open our arms to the people God connects us with. I value and love the friends that God has called to join us on this journey. God is powerfully using the “One7 family” to fulfill this huge mission. If you have been a part of Thursday nights, the Outreach Center, serving meals, tutoring, Christmas giving, apartment sponsorships, our soccer ministry, or any other part of our work, then you know what it feels like to be caught up in this movement. Together we are changing our city, and ultimately our world, through this radical model of discipleship. Simply put, One7 is unique, beautiful, organic, and a pure reflection of the Gospel, and of what we believe Heaven will look like. More information can be found www.one7.org. Follow One7 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.