Chicago Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko is lending his support to an Indiegogo campaign for the construction of a community sports facility in Keta, Ghana to help improve and develop soccer in Ghana.
“When I grew up, I played barefoot on gravel, and at the end of the game we would have cuts and bruises all over. But we would come back the next day and play again,” said Nyarko. “That’s what we had to deal with and we were never going to stop playing because it hurt us. We did not have access to soccer fields to help develop your game and take it to the next level.”
Through the help of Sandlanders Football, a not-for-profit organization establishing community-owned soccer teams throughout Africa, and the Keta Municipality, the plan is to build a 6.5 acre Soccerhub in Keta to grow the sport of soccer in Ghana and to give the community a central location to host community events and showcase the local industry in Keta.
Nyarko, a native of Kumasi, joined the project because he believes it will contribute to the development of the children of the area, not just in terms of their soccer skills but also in terms of their character. Additionally, the facility will provide local children a safe haven in the community.
“When this opportunity presented itself, I did not hesitate and wanted to help contribute and help the youth back home,” said Nyarko. “This place will not only give them a place to play soccer, but also a place to go to after school to hang out with friends and stay out of trouble. The last couple of World Cups, we have seen the tremendous amount of talent back in Ghana and to help the youth develop that way through the construction of soccer fields and facilities, it will only help them become great players and hopefully future role models in the community.”
To support the Keta Soccerhub, go to www.GoKeta.com to find out ways to contribute.
Prior to Saturday's friendly vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Fire players Patrick Ianni and Matt Fondy joined Spurs counterparts Zeki Fryers and Tom Carroll to pay visits to patients at the University of Illinois Children's Hospital.
A look at some of their stops:
As many of you may recall, the Chicago Fire’s very own Gonzalo Segares was recognized as one of three Modern Hispanic Gentlemen last year for his charitable efforts and work in the community.
The honor has now presented him with an opportunity to continue the positive work by potentially helping him earn an additional $5,000 for the Chicago Fire Foundation.
But he needs your help.
Between now and August 8, you can show your support for Gonzalo and the Foundation by voting online.
Every vote will get him closer to the $5,000, which would be used to support the many community-based initiatives and youth programs offered by the Foundation, including the P.L.A.Y.S. Program, Premier Skills and more.
Help Sega and the Chicago Fire Foundation by voting here.
Chicago Fire goalkeepers Sean Johnson, Kyle Reynish, Alec Kann and coach Aron Hyde will jump behind the bar at AJ Hudsons (3801 N. Ashland) to raise money for the Chicago Fire Foundation Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm! A $20 wristband gets you select drafts, mixed drinks, wine and soda for two hours leading up to the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup warmup friendly vs. Azerbaijan beginning at 9pm CT.
Wednesday night's Art of Futbol at Prairie Production Studio was another fantastic success. Check out some of the pieces as well as interviews from Gonzalo Segares, Benji Joya, Frank Yallop and Foundation Director Jessica Yavitz:
Check out select shots from the Art of Futbol 2014!
The Chicago Fire were honored to have a very special guest take part in the club's First Kick at Saturday night's game vs. Real Salt Lake.
Jack received a liver transplant from Lurie Children's Hospital when he was five months old. Now in Kindergarten, Jack is a healthy five-year-old who plays AYSO soccer with his team the Blue Bombers.
Check out this video of Jack's experience from Saturday's match:
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club welcomed community partner, City Year Chicago at Sunday’s home opener against the New York Red Bulls. City Year, an education-focused non-profit organization that combats the nation’s dropout epidemic by uniting young people of all backgrounds for a full year of full-time service in high-need schools. Because of the Fire’s support and the support of all of our team sponsors, City Year Chicago is able to place 206 corps members in 20 schools, impacting 5,000 5th through 9th grade students through academic supports, mentoring programs, after school activities and parent engagement initiatives.
As the partnership continues in 2014, the Club extended an invitation to all 200 members of City Year Chicago to attend the Fire’s first home game at Toyota Park. Those who were able to attend joined Fire owner Andrew Hauptman on the field prior to the match for photo op and recognition.
The Club will also have presence at City Year’s Family Engagement Night Tuesday evening as members of the Chicago Fire Foundation and Community Relations Department will be in attendance.
Select shots from this afternoon's Chicago Fire Season Kickoff Luncheon and Primary Kit Unveiling