PORTLAND, Ore. – As part of the Fields For All partnership between the Portland Timbers’ community initiative, Stand Together, and Operation Pitch Invasion (OPI), the Timbers announced today that the partnership will develop a new futsal court at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School.
The development of the futsal court at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School (1255 SW Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, OR, 97116) marks the fourth set of futsal courts made possible by the Fields For All partnership, with Stand Together and Operation Pitch Invasion partnering on the development of a pair of futsal courts at the Boys & Girls Club’s Rockwood campus last year.
Overall, the Timbers have contributed to 16 soccer fields and futsal courts since 2011, providing the greater Portland area with organized outlets for playing soccer.
The pair of new futsal courts will support local youth programs, provide an opportunity for children to play on a new quality surface, encourage children to live a healthy, active lifestyle and signifies the strong commitment the Timbers, OPI and fans have to supporting the surrounding community.
The development of the new facility is supported by generous donations from Timbers’ community sponsors, including adidas, KeyBank and Providence Health & Services.
Fields For All aims to identify 'recreation deserts' – communities underserved by recreational activities for kids – and fill them with safe, healthy and high-quality playing surfaces. Its work focuses on areas with open community access and neighborhood support. In addition, Fields For All targets locations in close proximity to schools, youth clubs and recreation centers, providing ongoing programming to support organized and structured play for local area youth.
Through their community outreach platform, Stand Together, the Timbers are committed to furthering their community mission to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. For more information on the Timbers community outreach programs and partners, visit timbers.com/stand-together.
OPI is a local, grassroots organization that builds, revitalizes and maintains soccer fields and futsal courts throughout the Portland metro area so that players of all ages and skill levels have high-quality and safe playing surfaces to enjoy the beautiful game. OPI is an Oregon 501(c)(3) corporation. For more information, visit www.pitch-invasion.org.