Delaware Soccer Club and the Elmwood Village Charter School have partnered together on the creation of a new after-school soccer program supported by New York State Senator Chris Jacobs (60 th SD) announcement today that he has secured $30,000 in state education funding for the program.
“We can’t thank Senator Jacobs and all the dedicated professionals at Elmwood Village Charter School enough for providing us this unique opportunity to bring our soccer program to children in an after-school setting,” Ellen Shanahan Becker, DSC President, stated. “As a wholly volunteer-driven organization devoted to providing more recreational and developmental opportunities for children of all skill levels and ages in the city of Buffalo. We have long recognized the need to reach out to children where they are to introduce them to soccer at a younger age with high quality programming.”
Programming will be held at the school’s Hertel Avenue location with a portion of the funding used to provide the transportation of students from Elmwood Village’s Days Park building to the soccer field on Hertel. Additional funds will provide for well qualified DSC trainers and equipment for long-term use. DSC will offer two six-week sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring, open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
“The Elmwood Village Charter School and the Delaware Soccer Club are two institutions that have really distinguished themselves in pursuit of their common missions of educating and developing children in our community,” said Senator Jacobs. “Their partnership on this after-school soccer program is a natural one that will provide great benefits to each child who participates, and I am very pleased to be able to provide the funding to make the program a reality.”
“Although we pride ourselves on our strong tradition providing scholarships and excellent coaching, DSC would be unable to reach many of these children without the opportunity presented by the senator’s funding and Elmwood Village Charter School’s collaboration,” Shanahan Becker said. “We are proud to partner with EVCS, another non-for-profit institution dedicated to youth development and join their efforts to introduce more children to physical fitness, creating a healthier western York for us all, one child at a time.”
Kathy Jamil, Director of the EVCS Hertel Avenue location stated, “We understand the need for providing children in the City of Buffalo opportunities to develop beyond the school day, and that is why we are so pleased about the growing partnership between EVCS and Delaware Soccer Club, which supports our school’s mission in our whole-child approach to student learning,”
Shanahan Becker continued, “At DSC it has been our mission for 40 years to help children develop their full potential and ignite a passion for the game and a positive confidence building experience which benefits them their whole lifetime. This funding allows us to give WNYs children more playing time by overcoming some of our biggest barriers - quality field space in the city of Buffalo, and transportation.
“We are thrilled to be part of this unique community building program. Thank you to all of our volunteers at Delaware Soccer club without whose constant help, coaching and commitment to the child we could not continue to thrive. Matching the dedication of our awesome parent coaches with the expert training of our Director of Coaching, Brendan Murphy, is a recipe for success which makes our program second to none in western New York.”