Beaverton Multicultural Futbol Club
To create a community-based soccer program that provides the opportunity for low-income, multicultural, middle and high school students to play soccer and futsal throughout the year.
Our target population is the low-income middle and high school students of Beaverton who cannot afford to play club soccer. Unfortunately there are very few leagues and outlets for these players. THPRD often attracts some, but the recreational level of competition is a bit low, and their demographics are usually not very ethnically diverse. These are students whose primary sport is soccer, who play soccer on their free time, love soccer, but lack an organization for them to do it more consistently.
What need does your program address?
Beaverton High School, and its surrounding community, has an incredible ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. There are affluent students who share a classroom with refugees who have migrated to the United States within the past two months. Fortunately for everyone, soccer is the great equalizer. It is an international language that connects cultures through passion and love of sport. Unfortunately though, soccer is often considered a boutique sport in the United States, played in the parking lots by some and the pristine club fields by others. It is our goal to provide a positive, safe, inclusive environment for multicultural students to play soccer. The impact of this extends well off of the soccer field though. For many, the soccer team is their community. It provides them with comradeship, pride, and a sense of connection. At Beaverton High, these students have new friends and peers in the classroom, and wear their jerseys to show their support of their school. Parlaying this engagement, we have been able to monitor these often neglected students’ academic progress and provide help when needed.
Where before students went home to an empty home, students now pridefully play soccer with their community as they improve their grades.
How will we address this need?
We would like to offer a year-round soccer experience to not just our high school students, but the surrounding middle school students as well. Each season will last eight weeks, and will consist of two practices per week and games on the weekends. These games will be played against other schools with similar programs. During the Winter, these games will be played as futsal indoors, and during the Spring and Summer outdoors. During the Fall students can participate in the expanded official OSAA soccer teams. We will also provide weekly study sessions where students can come, do homework with their teammates, and get support from certified high school teachers. Grade reports and teacher communication will also allow students to continue their support.
Our program consists of a lot of logistics that provide a soccer experience for these students. It includes finding the fields, fundraising for the league fees, getting supplemental insurance, and screen printing our own jerseys (Nike, of course). We have two coaches who work with three teams, each of which take a large pay-cut in order to work with these students. Lastly, we have a Beaverton High teacher monitor the group’s grades, and provide study sessions after school and on the weekends to make sure students are making the necessary progress to succeed and stay in school.
With plans to extend to more of the Washington County, our initial reach includes the Beaverton-Aloha area. The majority of the student athletes will come from Beaverton and Aloha High School, and their supporting middle schools (Whitford, Aloha-Huber Park, Meadow Park, Mountain View, Five Oaks).
Objectives & Measurement:
- Attract and maintain 60 multicultural (self-identified) players (the >80% of which have free and reduced lunch) the Winter & Spring seasons.
- Attract and maintain 120 multicultural (self-identified) players (the >80% of which have free and reduced lunch) for the summer season
- Monitor academic growth and decrease number of failed classes in half
- Monitor drop out rate and do interventions on all students affected.