Open Field improves the lives of youth from low resource communities through the global game of soccer. Since 2010, our global team has engaged more than 4,000 youth in educational soccer programming, mentoring relationships, travel abroad experiences, and cultural exchange in Cameroon, Africa and Pittsburgh, PA. Through sport, we empower youth to be leaders in their community and share skills to help them succeed on and off the field.
Our PLAY4PURPOSE Charity Tournament began in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh. To date, we've raised over $35,000 to support programming in Pittsburgh and West Africa.
UPMC & UPMC Health Plan
*Contact us to get involved*
Donate to support a specific team or to the campaign (link above).
Checks can be made payable to 'Open Field' and mailed to:
Open Field @ Ascender
6401 Penn Ave, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
About our Approach: Our Sport for Social Impact model creates a safe space for youth to play and learn, with an educational topic connected to every practice and game. Teenagers take on leadership roles as coaches, referees, and mentors to their peers. Youth learn life skills during practice and games to support their success on and off the field. We provide life-changing experiences and transferrable skills to youth through soccer.
Our Impact: More than 1,000 youth actively engaged in our programs in Pittsburgh and West Africa right now!
Pittsburgh 2020 Program Results:
· 94% of youth feel that they belong when at our program
· 94% feel that our coach mentors are here to help them
· 89% of youth said the program helped them to create good habits for themselves
· 100% said the program helped them to feel healthy
· 97% of youth program increased their confidence in themselves
Cameroon 10-Year Results:
· 96% of youth gained skills they still use today
· 90% performed better in school
· 85% learned how to set goals and how to achieve them
· 93% noticed a 'big change' in themselves after participating in our programs
· 97% of youth say important decisions they made were shaped by their participation