Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Sports & Recreation


133 WEST 112TH STREETNEW YORK, NY 10026 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To provide a fun and safe soccer-learning environment for youth players from Harlem, Uptown, and the Bronx. We seek to promote the positive development of kids in the community through sport. In a team athletic environment, youth players develop physical skills like coordination, mental and emotional skills like perseverance or how to handle a win/loss, and social skills like leadership and teamwork. They also gain self-confidence and a sense of belonging. Coaches focus on individual skill acquisition, physical preparation for the game, and tactical development through game-like activities and scrimmage play. They also mentor young players to help them grow into responsible, kind, and courageous members of the community.


Elephant Soccer Club of Harlem was founded by Adam Fofana in 2005. He began by training his son and few other boys from the neighborhood in local Harlem parks. From there, the program blossomed to include multiple age-groups at training, and eventually multiple teams in league competitions. The club has always identified strongly with the West African community in New York. The founder, Adam Fofana, is originally from Cote D'Ivoire, and a majority of the players at the club are from Africa or of African descent. The club remains dedicated to serving the African community here in New York.

Our club philosophy is One Game, One Family, and we live that philosophy by welcoming players of all ages and experience levels, and by celebrating how the joy of soccer can bring people together, both here in our community and all around the world. The core values of the club are community, integrity, and heart!

We currently group players into age groups under 7 (U7), U9, U10, U12, U16, and U19. Players train at least twice each week in team practices. The club fields competitive teams to play in the NYFILSA league in East Harlem.


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