Play for Change Launches Kick It Soccer Program for Youth in Miami

Kick It is Play for Changes brand new soccer and education program launched in partnership with the Miami FC and with the support of Italian soccer legend and Head Coach Alessandro Nesta.

Today at 5 p.m. ET, Play for Change (PFC), the international charity that uses sport as a tool to help children and communities they live in, will launch its brand-new Kick It program that will provide 45 boys and girls aged 7-12 with over 70 free soccer and education sessions at the Wilde Community Center.

PFC is dedicated to working closely with its communities and has partnered with the City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation, which is committed to providing safe facilities, to deliver weekly soccer sessions in their facilities for the children of Kick It. 

The free, high quality soccer coaching will be delivered by local soccer academy J10, which was founded by internationally renowned street soccer star Jason Jayzinho Quezada, and the coaches will place an emphasis on teaching discipline and building social skills. More over, Italian soccer legend, Miami FC Head Coach and PFC Ambassador, Alessandro Nesta is supporting the program and will help to train local people.


  •  Kick It Miami starts today at 5 p.m. for registration and will finish at 6.30 p.m.
  • Taking place at Wilde Community Center, 1701 W 53rd Terrace, Hialeah.
  • Registration is on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 45 children.


Kick It Miami aims to help address some of the issues in Miami such as high rates of obesity and marginalized communities. The program aims to educate on healthy life choices through encouraging gender equality, social inclusion, health and wellbeing, providing safe spaces and participation in sports.

Carolina Machado, Play for Change US Representative, said:

“I am thrilled that Play for Change is delivering its first ever Kick It Miami program in the City of Hialeah. We are so grateful for the support of Riccardo Silva and the Miami FC, and the City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation, who all share our passion of enabling positive change for children. Play for Change sees sport as a fantastic way to engage children, enabling them to learn the life skills they need for a brighter future. We hope Kick It Miami will create many new opportunities for young children while also having a long term positive impact on the community itself.”

Miami FC Head Coach and Italian soccer legend, Alessandro Nesta, said:

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Play For Change for the opportunity to be a part of such an important cause. Everybody at Miami FC is very happy to take part in the Kick It program and we are especially excited to bring it to our local community. Soccer, like all sports, is an excellent tool to help children better themselves and we are looking forward to the start of the program.”

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Kick It Miami

‘Kick It Miami’ is part of the Kick It soccer program launched by Play for Change. The programs are carefully tailored to the local community and aim to improve the lives of vulnerable children through sport and education.

Play for Change

Founded by Andrea Radrizzani in 2012, Play for Change is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world by using the power of sport to build life skills and help communities.  The charity enables sport programs for children to help improve health, education, employment and inequality outcomes.

Every program aims to address the needs of the local people by working hand in hand with communities, whilst working closely with global partners and federations to ensure that the programs are expertly designed and of a high quality. This platform of social change enables children to play, learn and develop, and communities around the world can benefit.

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Miami FC


The Miami FC is Miami’s only professional soccer team and began playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2016. Co-owned by international entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and world-renowned soccer superstar Paolo Maldini, the club will compete in the U.S. Open Cup and host international tournaments and friendly matches.

In partnership with The Miami Foundation and the Play for Change Foundation, Miami FC’s mission is to connect with Miami’s communities through the global language of soccer, strengthening their ties by promoting social-driven initiatives and charitable work through soccer.

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The City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation

The City of Hialeah Parks & Recreation Department's main objective is to enrich the lives of the residents of Hialeah by providing safe, welcoming and affordable Parks and Recreation facilities. The Department also provides diverse recreation and human service activities for people of all ages to play and learn in order to build stronger communities within the City of Hialeah.