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By Jenny Macintosh
Corporate Affairs, Chevron 

Local Youth Score Big with Online Chevron Soccer Academy

Chevron continues partnership with Open Goal Project and the Los Angeles Football Club to deliver socially-distant soccer training directly to California families.

 

February 23, 2021

Mary Leipziger

Kids playing soccer at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica.

Chevron Open Goal Project and Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) are taking their in-person, professional-level training digital with Chevron Soccer Academy Online Training – a program designed to integrate the drills, skills and fun of physical soccer camps into today's socially-distant new normal.

Since 2018, the mission of the Chevron Soccer Academy (CSA) has been to create accessible soccer opportunities for youth and provide the proper resources, knowledge, and support system for players to learn and grow on and off the field. Now, Chevron is bringing CSA online. The virtual program is designed to help ensure all children still have access to professional-level soccer training at a time when Covid-19 has limited youth from competing in the sport they love.

"Chevron is proud to partner with both Open Goal Project and LAFC to bring the Chevron Soccer Academy directly to our community." said Jeff Wilson, Corporate Affairs Manager for the El Segundo Refinery. "We're thrilled we've been able to find a new way to continue supporting our communities and finding a way to still provide professional level soccer during a time when Covid-19 has limited access to the resources we normally provide."

Approximately 300 kids ages 9-18 from Hawthorne will receive a special kit containing all the gear they need to play and practice soccer on their own at home. The kit also seamlessly launches training videos via a QR code, so kids can keep up with the same high-level soccer instruction that they received at previous Chevron Soccer Academy events. This year's training videos feature former and current professional athletes giving lessons on soccer skills from footwork to shooting drills.

"In a time when our communities are facing unparalleled challenges, providing the Chevron Soccer Academy by Open Goal Project in a virtual capacity is crucial to the continued growth of our student athletes. The Chevron Soccer Academy 'In A Box' concept delivers a custom, high-level soccer curriculum led by world-renowned former pros and much needed resources to exercise safely for the young men and women we serve. Open Goal Project is proud to continue our partnership with Chevron to bring another incredibly impactful program to the families in California."

Mary Leipziger

Kids playing soccer at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica.

CSA kits will arrive in Los Angeles County beginning the week of February 22, 2021. As an integral part of the California community for over a century, Chevron is committed to building lasting partnerships that help kids thrive on and off the field.

LAFC is part of Major League Soccer. Their inaugural season launched in March 2018.

 

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