4ATX Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Austin FC, alongside Austin FC founding partner Netspend teamed up to refurbish a field at BuildSoccer Park, a complex in Travis County featuring four (4) full-sized soccer fields. The park is owned by The Marbridge Foundation and employs residents from The Marbridge Ranch, an assisted-living community for adults with intellectual disabilities.
With a $15,000 contribution to the park, 4ATX Foundation and Netspend provided new trees, benches, and a custom sign for one field at BuildSoccer Park. On January 7, BuildSoccer held its annual 5v5 New Year Soccer Kick-Off, which representatives from Austin FC and Netspend, as well as Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver, attended.
“We’re grateful to our partners at Netspend for the opportunity to work together on another exciting project which supports local soccer organizations,” said 4ATX Foundation Executive Director Kaitlin Mauro. “We hope that the updates to the field at BuildSoccer Park will refresh a space for the community to gather and play soccer for years to come.”
“We are thrilled to have partnered with 4ATX Foundation to refurbish a field at BuildSoccer Park, an important space that brings together the youth soccer community and families and employs adults with intellectual disabilities,” said Netspend President Kelley C. Knutson. “At Netspend, we believe everyone deserves equal access to achieving their dreams, and we hope the updates to BuildSoccer Park will help enable community members to reach their goals on and off the field.”
Austin FC and Netspend also partnered to install a mini-pitch at Northeast Early College High School in Austin last September, and began the Verde Nets program together in 2020. The organizations have since donated over 75 Verde Nets to soccer fields around Austin, most recently at McCallum High School last November, where 4ATX Foundation and Netspend volunteers helped players from the school’s girls’ soccer program hang brand-new nets.