In May 2019, to kick off a volunteer project at Hillside Community Center during Comcast Cares Day –our annual tradition of giving back and making a difference in our communities – we announced a grant to the City of Colorado Springs (Olympic City USA) designed to support community programs and youth engagement initiatives, which included expanding sport scholarships for youth, Team USA athlete appearances in the community, and broadening the reach of Olympic City USA Field Days.
Now, the grant is being executed with additional support from Children’s Hospital Colorado enabling up to 500 local youth ages kindergarten through second grade to enjoy free soccer this season.
Comcast NBCUniversal is a proud partner of Team USA and a proud supporter of Olympic City USA,” said Amy Lynch, senior vice president of the Comcast Mountain West Region. “We hope through our support of Olympic City USA’s community programs designed to bring youth together with athletes and members of the Olympic and Paralympic community, more kids will share in the Olympic City USA experience and grow and learn more about leadership through this unique opportunity.”
In addition to the funding, we’re working to recruit youth sport coaches from our more than 800 local employees who live and work in Colorado Springs.
The benefits of youth sports are incredibly well documented, and we thought that if there’s any city that should focus on making sure those benefits are available to all, it’s Olympic City USA,” said Jamie Fabos, Chief Communications Officer for the City of Colorado Springs. “While programs have been available in the past to help with financial obstacles, the Gamechanger promotion removes any shame or stigma associated with requesting such help, and just makes it incredibly easy to come out and be a kid. We very much hope that this program will grow to cover more sports and more age groups in the future.”
Through promotions like Gamechanger, more Colorado Springs youth can grow, learn, and be inspired by Team USA athletes through this unique opportunity.
Registration for K-2 soccer open through Feb. 14, and can be completed via mail, walk in or online. While registration fees are waived for every method, online transactions carry a $3 processing fee.
Through a partnership with the National Inclusion Project, Youth Sports strives to offer opportunities for children of all abilities. Call (719) 385-6964 for details.