The Creative Player Foundation brings together children from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and uses the soccer ball as a tool for education and opportunity for underprivileged children in the West side of Charlotte.
In our after school and summer programs, we provide tutoring and soccer instruction for underprivileged children, at no charge. Children receive homework assistance, which is coordinated with their principals and teachers. The focus is on academic enrichment and exercise, with an emphasis on character building and teamwork. On the field, the program features DMAC Futbol philosophy and training methodology giving the students the chance to work on a healthy lifestyle. After training, the children are provided with healthy snacks to fuel the educational component of our program. In the classroom, our staff and volunteers provide educational enrichment opportunities with a strong focus on improving reading comprehension.
Thanks to our partnerships and the generosity of our friends in the community, we are able to extend our programs to include cultural opportunities such as field trips to the Nutcracker ballet, Imaginon, Children’s Theater of Charlotte, and the CharMeck Library. Other special guest speakers lead discussions around nutrition, online safety, and life skills. By expanding their access to resources and information, we aim to broaden our students’ horizons, and expose them to opportunities that exist outside of their immediate network.
Creative Player Foundation has a scholarship fund to assist those Charlotte Metro FC players who might otherwise not be able to afford the opportunity to play competitive soccer.
The “pay to play” mentality in the US has long been a barrier to entry into club sports for underprivileged kids, whose families often cannot afford to pay the exorbitant fees and club dues. We are proud to offer financial assistance to players in need, to help them be a part of the Charlotte Metro organization. Every team benefits from having a more diverse and integrated group of players, that more accurately reflects the variety of cultures and backgrounds in our community.
Our staff volunteers at area schools to lead workshops in which they use the soccer ball as a tool to reinforce the importance of education, positive character, teamwork, and discipline. These clinics are tailored to different communities within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, including students studying English as a Second Language, and students who are behaviorally or academically challenged.
We offer many different opportunities for our Charlotte Metro FC players & their families to give back to the local community. Whether though tutoring and mentoring, working with local animal shelters, beautifying public spaces, or a host of other opportunities, our players are learning that our community can only improve if everyone pitches in to help try to make a difference. Creative Player Foundation and Charlotte Metro FC believe in the importance of helping others and making a difference.
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“All children should have the opportunity to experience the sense of community, teamwork and leadership skills learned through organized sports,” said Mike Restaino, Blue Cross NC District Manager of Community Relations. “Through Blue Cross NC’s commitment to diversity, we want to remove the barriers that prevent children from pursuing the activities they love and invest in a healthier, more promising future.”
“MedShift is honored to support the Creative Player Foundation. Creative Player's work to positively impact young people’s lives is outstanding. At MedShift, we believe that it all starts with having a great team with great people. Investing in people is foundational for a better business, community, and world. Investing in others is what Creative Player does every day.” - Joe Gasque, CEO
“SPX is proud to support the Creative Player Foundation which plays a very active and important role in bridging the opportunity gap for children in Charlotte.” - Gene Lowe, President & CEO