4ATX Foundation, Austin FC’s nonprofit arm, unveils roadmap to serve Austin and Central Texas; Verde Leaders launches to serve low-income youth through soccer.
AUSTIN, Texas – 4ATX Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Austin FC, the 27th Club in Major League Soccer (MLS), has shared today its strategic roadmap, and announced the launch of Verde Leaders.
“I am proud to unveil the roadmap for 4ATX Foundation,” commented Kaitlin Swarts, Vice President of Community Impact for Austin FC and 4ATX Foundation Executive Director. “I want to thank the 4ATX Foundation board members, including Anthony Precourt, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Majority Owner of Austin FC, Eddie Margain, Austin FC Owner and Alternate Governor, Agatha Precourt, 4ATX board member, and Andy Loughnane, Austin FC President, for helping define our new roadmap. Our goal is to use the power of soccer to help close the opportunity gap, and create Austin’s next generation of leaders. 4ATX Foundation will achieve this by providing access to youth development opportunities on and off the soccer field - from building soccer pitches in underserved neighborhoods to using soccer to teach social-emotional learning. 4ATX Foundation will focus its efforts on programs and partnerships that empower all youth to keep our city inclusive, vibrant and confident for generations to come.”
In addition to outlining the mission for 4ATX Foundation, Swarts also unveiled its signature program, Verde Leaders, formerly known as Upper Ninety. Swarts commented, “Today, I am also proud to unveil Verde Leaders, the new identity for Upper Ninety."
“Verde Leaders will continue the good work done over the last three and a half years by Upper Ninety. Verde Leaders is focused on helping students and young people in low-income communities across Austin and Central Texas find personal and academic success through free programming that combines soccer with programs on social-emotional learning, Restorative Justice and mindfulness.”
“I cannot overstate the commitment Austin FC, 4ATX Foundation and Verde Leaders have to the Austin and larger Central Texas communities,” added Anthony Precourt, Austin FC Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Majority Owner, and 4ATX board member. “We are proud to grow our roots in Austin, and 4ATX Foundation and VerdeLeaders are essential platforms to support this foundational work.”
4ATX Foundation was unveiled in April 2019 by Anthony Precourt. Since then, 4ATX Foundation has supported a range of organizations in Austin and Central Texas, including:
- Donating $500,000 to Foundation Communities to support affordable housing projects in Austin
- Partnering with the City of Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, and Soccer Assist to build a Futsal Court in Dove Springs, Austin
- Serving over 1,000 girls and boys from low-income families across Austin through free soccer clinics, funding attendance at summer soccer camps, awarding scholarships to Central Texas High Schoolers (in partnership with the Austin American Statesman), partnering with Central Austin Youth Soccer Association (CAYSA) to award needs-based full youth scholarships to young female Central Texas soccer players. and paying 100% of CAYSA Junior Academy registration costs for all CAYSA Junior Academy players in the 2020-2021 season
- Donating nearly $60,000 to local nonprofits in Austin and Central Texas, including Stand with Austin Fund, Central Texas Food Bank, Big Brothers and Sisters of Austin, and the Police Activities League of Austin
- Donating nearly $20,000 in equipment to local soccer groups in Austin including East Austin Soccer Club, Huston-Tillotson University, and Austin Men’s Soccer Association
To achieve its goals, 4ATX Foundation builds youth development programs in three stages, focusing on elementary school students, middle school and high school students, and post-graduation students. . Across all three stages, 4ATX Foundation is committed to providing youth development programming that focuses on equity, sustainability, and creativity.
For elementary school students, 4ATX Foundation focuses on removing barriers to soccer, enabling low-income youth to experience the joy of the game by providing access to the sport. This is achieved through youth club and summer camp scholarships, community clinics, field revitalization, equipment donations, and other projects.
Middle school and high school students benefit from 4ATX Foundation programming crafted to build leadership strengths on and off the soccer field. Verde Leaders is at the core of this stage, running free after-school programs designed to help students build soccer and social-emotional skills. In addition, Verde Leaders provides in-school support as students work toward their personal and academic goals, while creating opportunities on the weekends for youth across Austin to come together for games, field trips, and other educational activities.
Post-graduation students will be served by 4ATX Foundation and Verde Leaders through programs and partnerships designed to build pathways for students approaching young adulthood, to help them successfully transition to college and careers, while becoming leaders in Austin focused on keeping Austin inclusive, sustainable, and creative for generations to come.