Youth in
Indianapolis have a new place to play futsal!


Futsal Court

On Tuesday,
August 23, the city’s newest outdoor futsal court was unveiled during a ribbon cutting
on the campus of Arsenal Technical High School. Tech Principal Julie Bakehorn
had the honor of cutting the ribbon during the dedication ceremony.


The court was
made possible thanks to an Add More Play in Your Day program grant from
Mondelez International, the Kroger Family of Stores and the U.S. Soccer
Foundation. The grant from these companies, with additional support from
Indiana Soccer and the Indy Eleven Foundation, was awarded to Arsenal Tech,
enabling the organizations to install the 7,200-square-foot court.


Although located
on Tech’s campus, the futsal court is for the community.


“In Indianapolis
and across the country, children face an acute shortage of safe places to play
largely because there isn’t enough space to create them or funding to maintain
them,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We
are thrilled to provide a quality playing surface for kids that will not only
transform children’s lives, but also the look and feel of their neighborhood.”


Indy Eleven
Soccer Foundation Chairman Ersal Ozdemir said the Arsenal Tech Futsal Court
project is an example of what can happen when community partners come together
to make a real difference.


“This court will
be the first of many Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation will look to help build
across the State of Indiana, and we would like to thank the U.S. Soccer
Foundation, Indiana Soccer, Indiana Futsal, Kroger and Mondelez International
for their help in making it happen,” added Ozdemir.