Austin FC announced today that the Club will coordinate a Back-to-School event, presented by Netspend, the Club’s Official Jersey Sleeve Partner and Founding Partner, benefiting students from 4ATX Foundation’s Verde Leaders program and local nonprofit Austin Sunshine Camps to signal the return to class for all Central-Texas families and students.

The joint Back-to-School event will be held at St. David’s Performance Center on Tuesday, Aug. 10, starting at 5:30 p.m. CDT and will consist of coaching stations led by Austin FC players and 4ATX Foundation coaches, social-emotional learning, restorative circles and a dedicated Netspend backpack personalization station.

Austin FC’s commitment to serve the community through 4ATX Foundation’s Verde Leaders program, along with its mission to equip teens from low-income Austin neighborhoods with the social, emotional, and practical tools needed to thrive in today’s world, aligns with Netspend’s belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to improve their life through education.

"This joint event is a wonderful way to kick off the new school year, and more importantly, send a powerful message to our students: we stand behind you as you take on this new school year and all of the exciting challenges it will bring," commented Kaitlin Swarts, Vice President of Community Impact. "We're also incredibly grateful for Netspend's participation. From the beginning, they have showed up to help Austin FC and 4ATX Foundation create opportunities for low-income youth through the power of soccer."

"We’re extremely passionate about education and growth, and know that starting a school year off on a solid foundation is incredibly important for students,” said Kelley Knutson, President of Netspend. “The work that Austin FC does in our community has a major impact on our youth and we are honored to be a founding sponsor and partner in their incredible efforts to make such a significant difference to their lives."

As a commitment to the community, Netspend and Austin FC have leveraged their community relationships and collaborated with several community-focused programs to support the Austin and Central-Texas region. The partnership’s previous joint initiatives include a community uplift project and a $10,000 donation in Netspend cards for the purchase of supplies by school staff.