United States

Key achievement

Constructing an enclosed rooftop soccer pitch in East Harlem

City in the Community Foundation

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Childhood obesity is a severe problem throughout the United States, putting high numbers of children at risk. City in the Community Foundation (CITC) was founded in 2004 to encourage disadvantaged, young US Americans to embrace active lifestyles, while at the same help integrate individuals from different socio-economic backgrounds.


Through a football-themed educational programme on nutrition called “The Healthy Hat-Trick,” children learn to make healthier decisions in their lives and take part in more regular physical activity. Alongside its work to tackle childhood obesity, CITC also works towards creating safe spaces for children to access academic support, mentoring and football coaching.


Supported by New York City FC, the organisation hosts regular physical education sessions as well as community leagues and festivals where coaches engage with children. CITC is dedicated to physically building free spaces throughout New York City to play football, stay healthy and build self-confidence.

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City in the Community Foundation
Paul Jeffries

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“I think soccer teaches them about self-discipline and the concept of teamwork. I think on a small scale it shows them that in life you could never do it all on your own, that you need the aid of others from time to time to accomplish things and you need to work together with others to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. I feel soccer helps them to grasp that a little bit early on in their lives. It also shows them the importance of physical health, how much exercise can benefit them in different aspects of their lives."

Michael Salvador
City in the Community Coach
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