NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s team has pulled off a move that even his predecessor, business titan Mike Bloomberg, would be proud of. Through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, New York City’s five boroughs will see 50 new mini soccer fields built in underserved areas over the next five years. Four partners — the New York City Football Club (of the MSL), the Mayor’s Fund, international sports apparel giant Adidas and the US Soccer Foundation — will pay for construction and maintenance of the fields.
Eight locations spread out over the five boroughs have been selected for new fields in 2016, with two more locations to be determined. The Mayor’s Fund is led by NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray. The Fund works with private enterprise to enhance life in the city and build community.