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.
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:
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.
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]
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.
NYCFC Youth Soccer Affiliate
In 2014, South Bronx United became one of eleven New York City FC Youth Soccer Affiliates. The Major League Soccer team offers South Bronx United youth a pathway to the highest level of soccer competition, while providing technical support to SBU soccer staff and coaches. [Photo courtesy of NYCFC]
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 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.
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.


SBU Literacy Day: Bringing the Joy of Reading to the Soccer Pitch

Over 500 boys and girls attend South Bronx United’s Recreational Program at Macombs Dam Park and Mullaly Park each Saturday to play soccer. On May 9th, they also had the opportunity to take home free books and experience the joy of reading as part of SBU’s annual Literacy Day. Read more.

SBU Academy Class of 2015 Seniors Commit to College

As of May 1st, 12 SBU Academy Seniors have committed to colleges and universities, including Alfred University, Clarkson University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Sarah Lawrence College, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Oswego, and others. See the full list of commitments on the SBUnited! Blog.

South Bronx United receives Recognition from Board of Immigration Appeals

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has designated South Bronx United, Inc. as an agency with BIA recognition, allowing designated SBU staff to practice immigration law. This recognition will enable SBU to represent our youth, families, and the community in proceedings before Immigration Court and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This will help youth on the path towards college and careers and helps families provide a better life for their children.

2015 City Showcase Symposium Puts NYC Student-Athletes on the path to college

On April 2nd, South Bronx United organized the 2015 City Showcase Symposium at Baruch College to kickoff the City Showcase weekend that also included a youth soccer tournament on Randall’s Island. Read More on the SBU Blog.

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City Showcase Tournament & Symposium

The 2015 City Showcase, hosted by South Bronx United and Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC), brought 93 boys and girls soccer teams, Under 15 through Under-19, to Randall's Island for two days of games in front of 70 college coaches. The tournament featured a diverse group of teams from across the greater New York City metropolitan area, as well as teams from New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Canada. View a video recap of the event. The purpose of the City Showcase is open to teams across the city, state,...

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South Bronx United 2014 Annual Report

Read our 2014 Annual Report to learn about the impact South Bronx United has had over the past year. Says Cesar Gonzalez, SBU Academy Class of 2014: "In the last five years, SBU has helped me focus on school and build better character on and off the field. SBU showed me the importance of education. It helped me improve my soccer skills as well as my grades. I have changed as a person and made it to college. SBU helped make that possible."


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