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Soccer for Success aims to help Newark students in life and sports

Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Roger Leon, Mayor of Newark Ras Baraka, US Soccer Foundation President and CEO Ed Foster-Simeon, and New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett flanked by students from Rafael Hernandez School in Newark.
Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Roger Leon, Mayor of Newark Ras Baraka, US Soccer Foundation President and CEO Ed Foster-Simeon, and New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett flanked by students from Rafael Hernandez School in Newark. - ()

The New York Red Bulls, Newark Public Schools and the U.S. Soccer Foundation unveiled a new mini soccer field Wednesday at Rafael Hernandez School as part of Soccer for Success.

This is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s after-school soccer program that delivers positive health and youth development outcomes. These partners will build 20 mini-soccer fields within the next five years to increase access to safe places to play and evidence-based soccer programs in the Newark Public Schools.

New Jersey Senate President Pro Tempore Teresa Ruiz called schools a way to save the lives of children.

“The more positive afterschool programming that we offer to our families, the better our outcomes will be,” said New Jersey Senate President Pro Tempore Teresa Ruiz.
“The more positive afterschool programming that we offer to our families, the better our outcomes will be,” said New Jersey Senate President Pro Tempore Teresa Ruiz. - ()

“The more positive afterschool programming that we offer to our families, the better our outcomes will be,” Ruiz said. “Sports show any member of society that you must be part of a team to make the dream work.”

The commitment by the city of Newark, Newark Public Schools and the New York Red Bulls marks the latest development in the U.S Soccer Foundation’s It’s Everyone’s Game national movement to ensure children in underserved communities enjoy the health and youth development benefits of the game.

"This is a very proud day for our entire organization," said Denis Hamlett, sporting director, New York Red Bulls.

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