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.
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.
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.
City Showcase Tournament
South Bronx United has partnered with Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) to host the 2014 City Showcase Tournament on April 18-19 on Randall's Island. 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.
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]
Getting College Ready
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]


South Bronx United teams up with New York City FC as a youth affiliate organization.

South Bronx United is one of eight youth soccer organizations throughout greater New York City announced by New York City FC as an official affiliate club. The affiliations with New York City FC will provide a clear pathway for the local youth soccer community to reach the highest level of competition, providing each with access to the invaluable resources and expertise of Major League Soccer’s 20th team. Read New York City FC's press release.

4th Annual Literacy Day on May 3rd

South Bronx United will be holding its fourth annual Literacy Day on Saturday, May 3rd. The event is held in conjunction with the South Bronx United Recreational Soccer Program that serves 430 boys and girls, between the ages of 4 and 16. This year's featured books will be from the World Soccer Legends series (Abbeville Press). Consider donating books to give to children. Read more

In the Press: Soccer, Not Just a Pastime - but a Path to Citizenship

NationSwell - A year after arriving in New York City from Italy in 2009, the soft-spoken Reindorf Kyei, 18, was still struggling. He struggled with schoolwork, and he struggled at home. His mother was unemployed and his father was never home.... Read the story and watch the video.

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South Bronx United 2013 Annual Report

Read our 2013 Annual Report covering the organization's growing over the 2012-2013 year. Special thanks to M Style Marketing for donating their design services for this report. Consider making a contribution to support our continued efforts in 2014!

Spring Recreational Soccer

The SBU Recreational Soccer League Spring Season will run March 15 - June 21. While the league is currently full for most age groups, you can add your child's name to our waitlist and we'll contact you if a space becomes available. SBU REC WAITLIST.


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