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The overall objective of the FCSL is to contribute to the personal growth of its participants through the enhancement of physical and life skills and improvement of academic performance. Character traits such as a positive self-image, respect for self, ability to get along with others, fair play, and the valuation of individual and team accomplishment are encouraged. FCSL also strives to provide the best possible soccer environment and instruction for the children of Rochester. FCSL runs a house league with participation from various community centers, churches, schools, and YMCA's. It is co-ed and has five age groups: sprouts, U10, U12, U14 and U17. FCSL runs two sessions annually: the outdoor season runs from mid May to mid August and the indoor season runs from December to mid March. Approximately 500-600 kids participate annually. Due to the economic demographic of kids living in the city (83% at or below the poverty line), participation is free. Currently Quad-A for Kids provides funding for uniforms (shirts, shorts & shin guards), balls, portable goals, insurance and referee fees.
FCSL is a community-based soccer league which strives to promote positive and healthy development in Rochester youth. Our sevices include:
-athletic activity in the form of soccer
-tutoring, including homework help and math/literacy building
-ethics/character building courses
-PASS points incentive program
-referrals to counselors, diticians, health professionals, etc.
Our seasons run throughout the year and continually provide support systems for over 500 Rochester youth. The goals of FCSL are to:
- Establish a fun and effective soccer league
- Deter risky behavior including promiscuity, teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use
- Counteract youth violence in the "crescent" of downtown Rochester
- Increase youth literacy and math skills, academic achievement and test scores
- Counteract obesity in youth and increase physical fitness, nutrition, and well-being
- Address racial equality in academics, economics, and athletics
- Beautify and teach pride and civility in neighborhood communities
- Empower youth to gain self-esteem and the ability to set meaningful goals
- Rid the "n" word from the youth lexicon
- Establish positive adult relationships with the youth
- Provide a safe alternative during the afterschool hours for all Rochester youth
- Mollie Foust
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