Play for Change celebrates the official launch of its ‘Kick It Miami’ soccer and mentoring program in partnership with Miami FC.

Children having fun at the Kick It launch

Children having fun at the Kick It launch

Miami, 23 June 2017 - Play for Change (PFC) hosted kids and stars at the Wilde Community Centre in the City of Hialeah, Miami, yesterday for the official launch of ‘Kick It’ the exciting soccer and education program.

Kick It Miami was launched yesterday to mark the brand new weekly soccer sessions for children with a day of celebration and fun. Activities included an inflatable soccer game, a freestyle demonstration with street soccer star Jason Jayzinho Quezada, and a training drill with J10 Futball Academy and Miami FC Players.

Miami FC player Aaron Dennis pleased to celebrate Kick It with local children

Miami FC player Aaron Dennis pleased to celebrate Kick It with local children

Miami FC Head Coach, Alessandro Nesta, was thrilled to be playing alongside the children and was there to help the kids celebrate and develop new skills.

Kick It, like all the PFC programs, has been designed to provide children with unique sport experiences whilst teaching life skills and building capacity in the community.

Not only is Miami FC and their President, Riccardo Silva, supporting Kick It, but Italian soccer legend and PFC Ambassador Alessandro Nesta will be providing a separate element of the program by training members of the community to coach soccer, helping to build capacity with local people for a sustainable infrastructure.

Miami FC mascot with children from Kick It

Miami FC mascot with children from Kick It

Carlos Hernandez, City of Hialeah's Mayor, said: “We are honoured to host Play for Change and it’s first ever Kick It program. Kick It Miami is a fantastic example of how the community can work together to provide unforgettable experiences for children.”

Andrea Radrizzani, Founder of Play for Change, said “It is fantastic to see Play for Change begin its Kick It signature program for children. We see sport as a very good way to engage children so they can learn the life skills they need for a bright future. We hope this program in stills new and valuable opportunities for the long term.”

Alessandro Nesta with J10 Head coach Sergio Bart, professional footballer Enoch Showunmi and Volunteers

Alessandro Nesta with J10 Head coach Sergio Bart, professional footballer Enoch Showunmi and Volunteers

Miguel Herrera, parent of one of the registered children, said “We are all grateful to the Foundation for this beautiful work they do. Congratulations to the entire group of the Foundation and Miami FC and many successes.”

Monica Tazioli, parent of participating young female, said, “Thank you Play for Change, Miami FC and J10 for your great work and dedication to the children of our community and for teaching them the culture of Soccer, and thank you for helping us to keep our children in a healthy and familiar environment.”

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Notes to editors:

For any inquiries about the program please contact: carolina@playforchange.org

For any media inquiries about Play for Change please contact: sarah@playforchange.org

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.

Find out more about the program here: http://www.playforchange.org. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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. For more information, please visit www.miamifc.com -@TheMiamiFC.

Miami FC Media Contact: Krissty Andaur, Associate Director of PR - andaur@MiamiFC.com

 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.