Austin FC Spotlight

Austin FC kicked off their tenure in the MLS in 2021, becoming the first major professional sports team in Austin, Texas. Wanting to make an immediate impact in the community, the 4ATX Foundation was created even before the club’s first match was played to use “the power of soccer to help communities thrive – socially, emotionally, and physically.”


Mini pitches- The 4ATX Foundation works hard to help central Texas residents, especially children, use soccer to bolster their communities. Aside from providing soccer scholarships and donating equipment, 4ATX has been building “Verde soccer pitches, which serve as safe spaces for residents to practice their soccer skills and bond with other community members. So far, four mini-pitches have been built in the greater Austin area. 
Verde Leaders-Representatives of 4ATX that run programming for adolescents that help them improve skills such as conflict resolution and social-emotional competency. Aside from Community Days that are held on various weekends, Verde Leaders run after school trainings and youth leadership workshops for students near Austin. From 2017 through 2020, 4ATX has led over 930 hours of youth development programming.  
H-E-B Community Kickback-, H-E-B supermarkets and Austin FC teamed up for the 2022 season to support TreeFolks. It is a nonprofit with the mission to “empower Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees.” For each goal scored by Austin FC in 2022, $100 will be donated to TreeFolks.  
Free Kicks for Free Meals-For every free kick taken by an Austin FC player in the 2022 season, money will be donated to a central Texas-based hunger relief organization to help fight food insecurity. Dawn and Austin FC will also hold two food distribution events in 2022 for those in need. 
Q-munnity Gives- Q2 Software and Austin FC worked together in 2021 to give away three $50,000 grants to nonprofit organizations “dedicated to supporting the advancement of underrepresented communities. The grants helped to promote equity and inclusion in the impact areas of education, job skills and career readiness, and health and wellness. 
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Sadie Yarosh

Sadie Yarosh

Sports Philanthropy Network

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