New Jersey Youth Soccer announced today that it has officially renewed its partnership with NJ/NY Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. Key elements of the relationship include community outreach and engagement between youth players and the professional players of Gotham FC.
“We are very pleased to renew our partnership with Gotham FC and to continue our support of the professional women’s game,” said Jess Yeager, President of NJ Youth Soccer. “We have great pride in Gotham FC being our professional representative here in New Jersey. The players of Gotham FC and the National Women’s Soccer League serve as incredible role models, both on and off the field, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them for many years to come.”
NJ Youth Soccer and Gotham FC will work together throughout the year to support the overall growth of the game. Planned initiatives include Gotham FC player appearances at NJYS events, such as the 2023 NJYS Annual Awards Presented by RWJBarnabas this past February. That evening, Gotham FC defender and New Jersey native Kristen Edmonds delivered the keynote address, while her Gotham FC teammates Victoria Pickett and Yazmeen Ryan hosted the Red Carpet Interviews of State Cup Championship Teams and award winners. Additionally, the club sponsors the NJYS Save of the Year Powered by Gotham FC, with finalists and winners of the award being honored at the NJYS Annual Awards Dinner Presented by RWJBarnabas Health.
“New Jersey Youth Soccer has been an incredible partner to Gotham FC,” said Nan Vogel, Acting President of Gotham FC. “We are thrilled to formalize this relationship for another year, as we look forward to more engagement between our organizations and expanded interaction of Gotham FC professional players with youth players at all levels of the game.”
One key collaboration of this partnership will focus on NJYS TOPSoccer, a recreational sports program for children with intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities. The two groups will also work together on a variety of initiatives to develop the game in underserved communities. Further, Gotham FC will play a prominent role in the NJYS Growing the Girls Game Initiative, which focuses on empowering females both on and off the field, and at all ages and stages of the soccer experience.