These are extremly difficult times for people all over the world trying to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you are staying healthy and financially stable enough to provide food, shelter, and a safe environment for yourself and your loved ones.
If you are able to give, we're asking you to join FC Give in our continued support of La Victoria FC in Cartagena, Colombia. A portion of the funds raised here will help provide food for LVFC youth and families during these difficult times. Due to the pandemic, FC Give has had to cancel all pickup games, which is our main revenue stream. A portion of these funds will also help FC Give cover operating costs of restarting play.
Ismael Chica is a community leader and a great example of the FC Give model in action. Despite his rough living situation, he sacrificed his time to coach kids for no pay at a club that had poured into him when he was a child. His dream was to become a professional soccer coach but he lacked the financial means to get his degree. FC Give founders were deeply moved by meeting Ismael in 2015 and decided to gave him a full-ride scholarship to college. He graduated college in 2018 and with our continued financial support he launched his very own club called La Victoria FC in 2019.
Since the founding of La Victoria FC in September of 2019, FCG members have sponsored the club with over $5,000. These funds have provided the equipment and capacity for our friend Ishmael Chica to build the roster up to nearly 40 monthly participants. Coach Ismael had to cancel practices due to COVID but his dedication to lifting up his community continues. He has been using his operating budget and fundraising with a local group called "Bundles of Love" to help provide groceries for LVFC youth and their families. With your help we hope to make an even bigger impact!