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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
City Showcase Tournament
South Bronx United partners with Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) to host the an annual City Showcase Tournament over Easter Weekend on Randall's Island. The 2015 City Showcase Tournament will be held on April 3rd and April 4th, 2015. The tournament aims to expand collegiate opportunities for youth soccer players from the New York City metropolitan area and beyond through high-level competition in front of college coaches and an informational symposium for student-athletes. In particular, the showcase provides a platform for inner city and minority youth who are underrepresented in higher education and college soccer. Learn more here.
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.


Register for the SBU Recreational Soccer League

Registration for the South Bronx United Recreational Soccer League is now open for boys and girls ages 4-18. To register for the Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Season, please complete the registration form and payment here: REGISTER

Video: Soccer Unites Us, on Verizon Fios 1

South Bronx United was recently featured on Verizon Fios 1 Long Island. View the feature, "Soccer Unites Us".

2nd Annual SBU Charity Cup Brings Soccer Players to the Bronx, Raises Crucial Funds for South Bronx Youth

The 2nd Annual SBU Charity Cup was held on Saturday July 12th, bringing out 12 adult soccer teams and 130 players to compete for the purpose of raising money for South Bronx United’s youth soccer, education, mentoring, and health and wellness programs. The day raised over $8,000 for South Bronx United youth programs serving children and youth ages 4-19. Read more on the SBU Blog.

South Bronx United awards $5,000 in College Scholarships

South Bronx United’s college scholarship program recently announced its third year of college scholarship awards. The awards were presented after the 2nd annual Graduates vs. Alumni game on June 28th to two outstanding seniors, Aicha Fofana and Guibel Marino. Read more about Aicha and Guibel on the SBU Blog.

Join the SBU Supporters Club!

The SBU Supporters Club is actively dedicated to the organization’s mission of using soccer as a tool for social change by raising awareness, attending events, volunteering and providing financial support. Learn how you can join the club and gain access to exclusive happy hours, special game tickets, unique volunteer opportunities, discounts to the South Bronx United Annual Benefit and the Charity Cup, and an exclusive SBU Scarf. Visit the SBU Supporters Club Website.

South Bronx United Gives Out 1,000 books on Literacy Day

South Bronx United held its fourth annual Literacy Day on Saturday, May 3rd at Macomb’s Dam Field across from Yankee Stadium. The event promotes literacy and the joy of reading. 400 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 participated in reading groups prior to their soccer games. High school students who participate in the SBU Academy program led reading circles for elementary aged students. Read more

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