South Bronx United (SBU) was born out of the idea that community youth needed an engaging program to connect to and keep them off the streets, and that youth passionate about soccer should have a program in which to develop. SBU has grown in response to the needs of the community, the challenges facing youth, and the synergy between soccer, education, mentoring, and support services. In 2015, the organization reached over 800 boys and girls through diverse programming on and off the field.
2009: South Bronx United (SBU) is founded in January with one travel soccer team for 15 boys, ages 11-13.
2010: The SBU Recreational Program kicks off on Saturdays at Macombs Dam Field. SBU holds its first College Prep Night and the After School Tutoring Program to provide academic support and homework help, five days a week.
2011: SBU starts the Summer Soccer Scholars program to provide full day academic, life skills, and soccer programming during the summer. SBU begins offering girls specific soccer programming and the Summer Soccer Scholars to provide full day summer academic, life skills, and soccer programming.
2012: SBU begins offering immigration legal supports through community partnerships.
2013: SBU's comprehensive youth development program, providing academic enrichment, college prep, mentoring, leadership development, and support services, becomes the SBU Academy. A social worker and education director join the staff.
2014: SBU partners with New York City FC as a Youth Soccer Affiliate. The Director of College Placement and Alumni and a Legal Partnerships Coordinator join staff.
2015: The new SBU-City in the Community, supported by the City Football Foundation and NYCFC, starts as an after school program at PS 29 and PS 199 and a Saturday Community Soccer Program.
Every day, SBU works towards its mission of helping at-risk and immigrant youth build character, teamwork, and leadership skills so that they can achieve success in high school, college, their careers and communities, and beyond. South Bronx United strives to promote educational achievement, health and wellness, and character development among youth through activities on and off the soccer field and to unite a diverse group of individuals from an incredibly diverse community toward common positive goals.