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Union Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer unveil Philly’s first mini-pitch

The two organizations are expected to open up 15 mini-soccer pitches and two full-size pitches across Philadelphia

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Philadelphia has a new mini-pitch thanks in part to the Philadelphia Union Foundation. Last week the foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, city officials and community members gathered at F.J. Myers Recreation Center to unveil a mini soccer pitch.

The Union Foundation and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer are committing more than a million dollars to building a total of 15 mini-soccer pitches and two full-size fields across Philadelphia.

The soccer pitches are part of the city’s Rebuild Initiative, an investment into revitalizing public spaces across the city.

At the unveiling Philly’s Major Jim Kenney said. “The new soccer mini-pitch and renovated athletic courts are a shining example of what shared investment accomplishes. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and the Philadelphia Union Foundation are exemplary organizations that responded to the call to join us in ensuring the children of Philadelphia have state of the art spaces to play and grow.”

A soccer pitch was not the only thing unveiled at the southwest Philadelphia rec center. The $350,000 phase one investment also brought renovated tennis courts, updated basketball courts with new backboards and rims and a new mural from Mural Arts Philadelphia.