The Fall River Youth Soccer Association (FRYSA) waived fees for low-income children to enable them to play soccer for the 2017 season.
The organization eliminated fees for 30 children of families who are struggling financially. In particular, the FRYSA partnered with Saint Vincent’s Home, which, for over 131 years, has provided services to young people whose parents are unable to care for them or who face other life challenges.
The FRYSA was able to offer the free participation thanks to financial support from the Truesdale Health Foundation. Over four years of partnership with FRYSA, the Foundation has donated over $20,000 to the youth soccer group which has, since 1990, instilled the ideals of good sportsmanship, fair play, and honesty for the betterment of the physical and social well-being of Fall River youth.
Brian T. Ferreira, President of FRYSA, said, “Thanks to the Truesdale Health Foundation, we were able to offer under-privileged kids, including those served by local organizations such as Saint Vincent’s and programs such as TOPSoccer, the opportunity to play free of charge. By participating in an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles, self-confidence, sportsmanship and self-worth, these children get to learn fundamental sport and life values and skills – which are shared by the Truesdale Health Foundation. It’s a good partnership, and their financial support has made participation possible for kids who would otherwise not be able to have the chance for a great positive experience.”
Marvin D. Berman, M.D., President of the Truesdale Health Foundation said, “Our support of FRYSA is an excellent investment in a healthier Fall River for all. That includes the FRYSA’s TOPSoccer Program that brings in kids with mental or physical disabilities, and this season’s effort to help financially disadvantaged children get out on the field.”
A Fall River Youth Soccer Association player has fun while learning foundational skills.