Making Fields Accessible
AND PLAY FREE
MAKING FIELDS ACCESSIBLE
AND PLAY FREE
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.” –Nelson Mandela
Free Play Soccer™
The Bucy Foundation is partnering with Raleigh Parks, NCFC Youth, StreetSoccerUSA and others to host a pop-up mini pitch in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Come play, grab a bite, and enjoy some of the best Raleigh has to offer. The pop-up is the first of the Foundation’s vision to help build 25 fields by the year 2025 as part of their Free Play Soccer ™ initiative.
THE BIG PLAN
25 FIELDS BY 2025
FREE PLAY SOCCER™ FIELDS
Repurpose unused or underused space to create safe, local places for people to play for free. Offer a mix of free unstructured and structured play opportunities. Use the sport of soccer as the vehicle to help develop important life skills, drive economic activity, and build community.
We believe technology is making our world smaller not bigger and the pace of change is creating more uncertainty, not less. Given these changes, a traditional education of reading, math, and science is likely not enough to prepare our children to succeed in whatever lies ahead.
To be successful, the future requires social awareness, a relentless work ethic, resilience, and creativity. One of the most effective tools we have found in developing these traits is sports.
Success in sports only comes from a determined work ethic and a resilience to bounce back from failures, big and small. As a “universal language,” sports also breaks down barriers and enables social interactions in both casual and pressure-packed environments.
To deploy these tools, North Carolina requires investment in the people and the environments that allow for both structured and unstructured, competitive play. Our children must have access to safe places with mentors surrounding them where they can learn to fail and succeed over and over again.
The Bucy Foundation is committed to breaking down barriers and developing important life skills to prepare young North Carolinians for a changing world.
Fighting poverty and empowering underserved communities through soccer. Our goal is to provide an alternative to the pay-to-play model of youth sports with a focus on social impact across the United States and beyond.
The North Carolina Courage are a Division I professional women’s soccer team that play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). North Carolina FC is an American professional soccer team. The team plays in USL League One, the third tier of the American league system.
There are more than 200 parks in Raleigh featuring classes and programs, art centers, athletic facilities, community centers, lakes, nature preserves, dog parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, greenway trails, historic sites, open spaces, and more!
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Our goal is to raise $2.5M to build 25 fields. We will up-fit underutilized spaces in local neighborhoods and partner with parks departments, schools and other non-profits to activate these spaces. They will be a mix of small, urban pitches and larger turf fields. We are actively looking for locations and private/corporate donors who are interested in learning more about this project.