Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano unveiled the city's first mini-pitch in Stefanik Park (Nepperhan Avenue & Ingram Street). The soccer mini-pitch including new LED lighting is a gift from the US soccer foundation and its partner Target to the city of Yonkers worth 100,000 US dollars.
"With the support of community partners like the US Soccer Foundation, who worked with Target to make this project possible, we are excited to present a state-of-the-art mini-pitch for everyone," said Mayor Mike Spano. "This public-private partnership has resulted in the transformation of an underutilized area into a recreational space that I believe the community will appreciate."
"Stefanik Park has a rich and unique history for members of the Yonkers community," said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the US Football Foundation. "We are very excited that Target is working with the US Football Foundation to contribute to Stefanik Park by providing a safe and welcoming place to play for years to come."
"Target is excited to make football more accessible to children at Stefanik Park and, through our partnership with the US Football Foundation, to help bring moments of joy to the Yonkers community," said Maurice Cooper, Senior Vice President Marketing at Target. "We're proud to have 100 new soccer mini-spaces across the country by the end of 2020 to create safe places to play and allow more children to get involved in the game."
The city of Yonkers announced its partnership with the US Soccer Foundation in late August 2020 to create the mini-pitch. The project is part of the US Soccer Foundation's Safe Places To Play program, which is working with its affiliates like Target to transform underutilized areas like vacant lots and empty schoolyards into state-of-the-art playing fields to play the game. Through its national affiliation, Target, the US football foundation, will create 100 mini-pitches in communities across the country by the end of 2020.