The Florida Beverage Association Teams Up with City of Miami, Little Haiti Football Club
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State’s Beverage Companies to Support Local Organization that Promotes Excellence On and Off the Soccer Pitch
The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) and its members, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and PepsiCo, are pleased to announce that they will be supporting the Little Haiti Football Club with a year-round donation of water and sports drinks.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Little Haiti Football Club and applaud their efforts to incorporate academic studies into their powerhouse soccer program,” said Liz Castro DeWitt, Executive Director of the FBA, the trade association for Florida’s non- alcoholic beverage industry.
“The city of Miami is grateful to the Florida Beverage Association, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo for their investment in the youth of Little Haiti,” said Miami Mayor Tomás Regaldo. “This is an area of our city where soccer is more than just a game, it’s a way of life and a way to better yourself.”
Players in the soccer club report to the library for tutoring prior to each practice and must have teachers complete a weekly progress report. Fourteen of the Little Haiti Football Club players who attend Miami-Edison Senior High, which is in an underserved neighborhood in Miami, are headed to college on soccer scholarships this year.
“The Little Haiti Football Club, embodies living a balanced and healthy lifestyle by focusing on academics and being active through sports activities,” said Castro DeWitt. “Athletes need to stay hydrated and our companies are proud to be able to support the teams by providing the needed refreshments. We look forward to working with the city of Miami as they pursue innovative initiatives to improve the lives of its residents.”
Little Haiti FC is a not-for-profit start-up youth soccer club serving a diverse population of underserved families from the central Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti and surrounding communities. Little Haiti FC was founded in April 2014 comprising of two boys teams U-16 and U-18 and was founded by Edison High School coach Gomez Laleau, Ransom Everglades coach Dave Villano and Miami Mayoral aide Pat Santangelo, along with Samuel Prunier, a community leader and Math teacher at Edison High School.