Before Q2 Stadium was even close to putting fans in the stands, Austin FC Founder, Majority Owner and CEO Anthony Precourt knew one thing he wanted to see when he drove around the Texas capital: verde nets.
Seeing green across Austin’s soccer fields has been a major push for the 4ATX Foundation over the past two years and on Monday the process of bringing verde nets to Austin was continued as the 4ATX Foundation, in partnership with Founding Partner Netspend, donated four sets of nets and two goals to to the East Communities YMCA.
“Netspend is proud to partner with Austin FC and 4ATX Foundation to provide the YMCA of Austin with brand new goals and netting for their upcoming soccer season,” said Netspend President Kelley C. Knutson in a statement. “Community involvement is an integral part of Netspend’s identity and we’re committed to investing in local youth by creating access to the resources they need to achieve their potential and learn invaluable lessons through "the beautiful game" of football (soccer).”
Monday’s installation is just the first of this spring as Netspend and 4ATX Foundation will bring more verde nets to Central Texas soccer fields over the next few months. Later this month, Millennium Soccer League and the City of Buda’s Sportsplex, two organizations identified by Austin Soccer Foundation, will each receive several pairs of nets.
“When we think about providing youth development opportunities through the power of soccer, it starts with making sure all kids have access to a safe place to play the game—including safe, sturdy goals—right in their own neighborhoods,” said Austin FC Vice President, Community Impact Kaitlin Swarts in a statement. “The soccer fields at East Communities YMCA are beloved to the community, and 4ATX Foundation is thrilled to partner with Austin FC Founding Partner Netspend to donate two new goals and verde nets for children and families to be able to enjoy the game.”
Netspend employees helped to install the donated verde nets and goals at East Communities YMCA on Monday. There will be another round of donations this fall.
“Wherever you see verde nets around town, we hope you will think of our Club, 4ATX Foundation, and our partners at Netspend—and our commitment to ensuring all youth in our city have access to a safe place to learn and grow through the game of soccer,” said Swarts.
Since the verde nets initiative began in late 2019, 4ATX Foundation has helped bring nearly 50 sets of nets to fields across the city.