Empowering Girls Through Soccer
Athletic participation among girls in the South Bronx lags far behind that of boys. Even among families of Latino, African, and Caribbean heritages where soccer is an integral cultural activity, girls are far less likely to play. At South Bronx United, 25 percent of youth participants are female. Our goal is to bring soccer to more inner-city and immigrant girls and to provide programming that empowers girls to succeed on the field and in the classroom and to strive for any career that interests them.
Building Scholars
South Bronx United provides academic support to help students succeed in school, graduate high school, and earn a college degree. Programming includes academic tutoring, SAT prep, guidance counseling, college prep mentoring, campus visits, high school placement sessions, ESL tutoring, and summer courses during after school, evening, and school breaks.
Since 2011, 100 percent of SBU Academy seniors have graduated high school. 93 percent have matriculated into college. That is the power of soccer for social change.
The SBU Academy
South Bronx United leverages soccer to unite a diverse group of youth: 95 percent of the boys and girls in the SBU Academy are from first generation, immigrant families. While everyone comes for soccer, the key components of the Academy are the educational supports, mentoring, and social services that combine to ensure youth achieve success on and off the field. [Photo by Adolfo Lee]
City Showcase
South Bronx United partners with Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) to host the annual City Showcase: a soccer tournament and student-athlete symposium, with an emphasis on reaching urban and minority high school students who are underrepresented in higher education. The Tournament increases exposure to college recruitment and provides competitive games for club soccer teams from across the region. The Symposium provides an informational panel and workshops to students around college access, admissions, soccer recruitment, and more. April 2-4, 2015: cityshowcasetournament.org
Recreational Soccer Program
Every season, over 400 boys and girls participate in South Bronx United's Recreational Soccer Program. Trainings and games are held on Saturdays in the Fall and Spring for boys and girls, ages 4 through 16. Learn more.
Supporting Youth and Families
South Bronx United supports youth and families on and off the field, through a variety of social services including immigration supports, counseling, and referrals for health and legal services and through programming that develops the whole individual. To the youth, South Bronx United is family. [Photo by Starry Eyed Productions]
Building Leaders
Coaches, tutors, teachers, and other volunteers along with staff serve as mentors to help youth develop character skills for life, including teamwork, leadership, and personal responsibility.


The 2015 City Showcase Tournament & Symposium: April 2-4

U15-U19 boys and girls teams and college coaches can now register to attend the 2015 City Showcase Tournament and Symposium, hosted by South Bronx United and Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC). The event is open to teams across the city, state, and region, with an emphasis on reaching urban and minority high school students who are underrepresented in higher education. In addition to tournament games, the Symposium provides an informational evening around college access, admissions, soccer recruitment, and more. Visit cityshowcasetournament....

In the Press: A Teen from the Congo Finds a New Home...

Sports Illustrated featured the story of SBU and U19 player Bakary. Read the article: A Teen from the Congo Finds a New Home on a South Bronx Soccer Team

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4th Annual Benefit raises $54,000 for Youth Programs

South Bronx United held its 4th Annual Benefit at the Midtown Loft and Terrace in New York City on Tuesday, November 11th, raising $54,000 in net proceeds. 100% of the funds raised will go towards sustaining and expanding the nonprofit organization's youth development programs that combine soccer with mentoring, academic enrichment, college prep, leadership development, and support services. Read More.

U17 Boys Columbus Cup in Review

Kevin Anchundia, 17, shares his team's experience from the 2014 Columbus Cup. Read the article on the sbUNITED! blog

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Bronx Field Day & Health and Wellness Fair a Success

South Bronx United hosted the 2014 Bronx Field Day & Health and Wellness Fair on September 6th in partnership with Legal Aid NYC and the Children's Aid Society. The event brought 500 children, youth, and families to Macombs Dam Field and featured training sessions from New York City FC and the New York Road Runners as well as clinics in basketball, football, fitness, and dance. Organizations and institutions including the Bronx District Public Health Office, American Heart Association, South Bronx Health Center, Westchester Square Physical Therapy, and more were on hand providing...

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Summer Soccer Scholars Study Science, Journalism, and More

For the fourth consecutive summer, South Bronx United’s Summer Soccer Scholars took to the classroom, the soccer field, and even the water. The five-week program served 80 boys and girls, ages 11-18, most of whom participate in the SBU Academy program, and was held at the Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports on the Mott Haven High School Campus. Read more on the SBU Blog.


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