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WHY DONATE?

What do your contributions support?
  • Financial Aid - provide opportunities for low income families
  • Coach Development Academy - unique learning and leadership training opportunities for youth players
  • Coach Education - increase funding for course and licensing fees that keep our staff learning and improving
  • Equipment - increase funding for balls, goals, and other necessities

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: IMAGINATION INTERNATIONAL, INC


Imagination International Incorporated has been At Work in the Community for years, turning business into a creative way of giving back. In addition to their support of Pelada Football Academy, the people at Imagination International have partnered with Food For Lane County, supporting their Children's Weekend Snack Pack program, and with Hosea Youth Services Work Program, providing work opportunities and experience for homeless youths. III's own Imagination Mural Project brings kids together to paint murals on buildings around the city under the supervision of muralist Bayne Gardner, who specializes in making art with children. Another of their projects, The Imagination Art Bus, is essentially an art classroom on wheels that tours Lane County and beyond to bring art to underserved kids in the region.

The philosophy and the mission are clear: "We believe that when a handful of dedicated people commit to making their community a healthier, more vibrant place, we all benefit." Learn more about Imagination International Incorporated.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PELADA ACADEMY!


INDIVIDUAL DONORS

DAN LUOMA

THANK YOU! YOUR GIFT THIS YEAR PROVIDED FOUR FAMILIES WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO PLAY WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAVORITE COACHES.

THE MONTENEGRO FAMILY

THANK YOU! YOUR GIFTS THIS YEAR PROVIDED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO SEVERAL FAMILIES IN NEED AND MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO PLAY WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAVORITE COACHES.

WELLS O'BYRNE
& FRIENDS

THANK YOU! YOUR GIFT THIS YEAR HELPED WITH USSF CERTIFICATION COSTS FOR COACH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY GRADUATES.

MARTHA EBERHART-GALINSKI

THANK YOU! YOUR GIFT THIS YEAR HELPED WITH USSF CERTIFICATION COSTS FOR COACH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY GRADUATES.

CALCIO TEAM PARENTS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY TOWARD OUR COACHES THIS WINTER AND FOR TAKING CARE OF YOUR COMMUNITY!

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OPEN LETTER TO SUPPORTERS

From Academy Director, Joey Garah

Dear Pelada Academy families and community members,

We have come a long way from the three teams and 45 players that first played under the name of Pelada Football Academy in fall of 2012. Thanks to your support over the years, our numbers have grown to over 400 players in 2019, and we now have the opportunity to serve boys and girls from age four through the end of high school. We have seen several of those first 45 players graduate from our Coach Development Academy and become staff coaches. Thanks to your ongoing support, we have been able to help dozens of families who are experiencing financial hardship take part in our programs at a reduced cost. We have seen tremendous learning and growth from our players and coaches, and countless reasons to continue to support the philosophy that gave us our start back in 2012: that all young players deserve to be given the opportunity to participate, a nurturing environment in which to play, and positive adult role models to guide them.

Pelada Academy is a small non-profit, operating on small margins. Those margins are perpetually reinvested in the children through our programs (in the form of financial aid, equipment, curriculum and program development, and enrichment opportunities), as well as in the coaches who make our programs possible (in the form of ongoing education and wage standards representative of the vital role that they play in the development of both soccer and life skills). Keeping this experience affordable and accessible to all families is a challenge that we embrace with the support of local sponsors who are committed to investment in the community and by generous families who go above and beyond what is asked of them to promote our mission.

Every contribution, small or large, ultimately translates to an opportunity for a young person. We know that not everyone is in a position to donate, but here are a few ways that anyone can support the Pelada mission:
  • Employer matched charitable contributions - multiply the impact of your gift
  • Talk to your company about supporting Pelada's mission through corporate sponsorship
  • Donate time to a fundraising effort - we need volunteers for our NWAC Tournament concessions fundraiser and other club events
  • Share our story with friends and family members who regularly contribute to charities
  • Invite friends to come out to our summer camps - camp and clinic registrations help us fund financial aid and enrichment activities
  • Keep spreading the word about our programs!
Thank you, above all, for being part of the Pelada Football Academy community. The time, money, and trust you have invested in us is appreciated every day, and we will continue to strive to serve soccer, serve youth, and serve families in the Pelada way.

Joey Garah
Director of Pelada Football Academy

PLAY EVERYWHERE. PLAY EVERY DAY.