Throughout 2023, Austin FC’s nonprofit arm 4ATX Foundation and the Club’s founding partner St. David’s HealthCare teamed up to run Clinics 4ATX, a series of free soccer clinics for underserved schools and programs serving Central Texas youth aged 7-11. At each session, children had the chance to learn from a professional soccer coach, meet Austin FC players, and take home their own ball.
“We’re grateful to be aligned with our wonderful partners at St. David’s HealthCare on our shared goal to make soccer accessible to everyone in Central Texas,” said 4ATX Foundation Executive Director Kaitlin Mauro. “Our third season of Clinics 4ATX was a success thanks to their support.”
Across seven clinics, 4ATX Foundation and St. David’s HealthCare served 739 students, impacted 75 unique zip codes and had 8 Austin FC players come out to volunteer. In three years, Clinics 4ATX has helped over 2,300 kids access the game of soccer.
“These soccer clinics continue to encourage Central Texas children to remain physically active and work as a team,” Denise Bradley, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for St. David’s HealthCare, said. “St. David’s HealthCare is proud to partner with Austin FC to support community programs like Clinics 4ATX that improve health outcomes and inspire future leaders.”
To help ensure children from all socioeconomic backgrounds had the opportunity to attend the clinics and play soccer, 4ATX Foundation and St. David's HealthCare collaborated with local nonprofits such as Creative Action, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, and SAFE Alliance during the entire season of Clinics 4ATX.
Clinics were held at Cook Elementary School, Southeast Metro Park in partnership with Travis County Parks Foundation, Walnut Creek Elementary School, as well as at Austin FC’s official training facility St. David’s Performance Center.