United Way of Broward County

Strikers Partner with United Way to Launch Youth Health, Fitness & Drug-Free Initiative

January 18, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2013) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are partnering with the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse to launch the team’s new after-school program dedicated to the shared vision of improving the health and fitness of school-age youth in South Florida, and to keeping them drug-free.
"Having the ability to use the platform of soccer to educate our community’s children about health, fitness and living drug-free is very important,” said Strikers Team President Tom Mulroy. “Being able to partner with an organization like the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (the “Commission”) will serve to ensure the program’s success and longevity, and I thank them for their support of the Strikers’ efforts.”
Known as the Strikers Health & Fitness Initiative in partnership with the Commission, the program will center around soccer clinics conducted by the Strikers at Broward County schools. These clinics will include players, coaches and team staff and will serve to fulfill the Strikers’ and United Way’s shared mission of empowering our diverse community to live healthy and drug-free.
“This is an exciting partnership for us because we know moms, dads, children and teens need the support of organizations like the United Way and the Strikers to raise kids to make healthy lifestyle choices,” stated Pat Castillo, Vice President, United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse. “We will work with the Strikers to make sure parents and kids get the best preventative and educational information and support available,” Castillo added.
Soccer clinics led by the Strikers include time dedicated to both team and individual drills to improve each player’s skill level and a presentation led by the players and staff about the importance of making healthy choices. Clinics are concluded with an autograph and photo session to allow all the participants to meet the players individually.
Season tickets for the 2013 Fort Lauderdale Strikers are now on sale. Contact the Strikers ticket office by calling (954) 606-0400 or by going to www.strikers.com. Follow the Strikers on Facebook and twitter @FTLStrikers.
The United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (UWBCCSA) is a broad based substance use/abuse coalition dedicated to reducing substance use/abuse and all its devastating consequences on individuals, families, and communities. Today, its primary role is to serve as a coalition-building organization that brokers partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to foster, develop, and enhance integrated drug-free efforts throughout Broward County, while searching for innovative and effective ways to address the issue of substance use/abuse. More information can be found at http://www.drugfreebroward.org
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, South Florida's only professional men’s soccer team, will begin their eighth season in 2013. The Strikers have been a part of the North American Soccer League [NASL] since the 2011 season. The team is owned by Traffic Sports USA, the North American subsidiary of The Traffic Group, the leading soccer event management company in the Americas, with headquarters in Brazil, and offices in the U.S. and Europe. The organization is committed to the advancement of soccer in South Florida at the youth, amateur and professional levels. The Strikers are pursuing a permanent home at a significantly renovated Lockhart Stadium, their current home, or at a new soccer-specific stadium in South Florida. More information on the team can be found at http://www.strikers.com
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