The Orange County Soccer Club Community Foundation is thrilled to announce that we have received a $40,000 donation from the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States to support healthy, active communities in Orange County in celebration of Qatar’s National Sports Day!
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to our community. We saw significant increases in food insecurity, job losses and across the board sports program closures. However, the OCSC Foundation has not lost sight of our mission: to use soccer as a vehicle to promote health and wellness, develop youth leadership, advance social change and create positive community impact.
The donation that we received from the people of Qatar can help us fulfill our mission. This generous support will allow us to continue making our community a better, healthier place through soccer clinics, mental health clinics, equipment distribution and academic programs. Our virtual soccer curriculum has already rolled out to many Orange County schools, with kids practicing soccer skills taught by our professional players. When it is safe to do so, we will build on this with in-person health and wellness instruction as well.
The Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States has been a valued supporter of our mission since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Fall 2020, the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States donated $15,000 in support of our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Qatar’s funding supported this important initiative that had an immediate and meaningful impact for families experiencing food insecurity in Orange County.
We would like to thank the people of Qatar and Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, for their continued support!
The OCSC Community Foundation is the official charitable arm of the Orange County Soccer Club, a 501(c)(3) foundation founded in 2020 to serve the greater Orange County community. Its mission: Its
mission is to use soccer as a vehicle to promote health and wellness, support and empower our youth, foster an inclusive environment, and unify our local community.
Orange County Soccer Club (OCSC) is Orange County’s only professional soccer team and is part of the United Soccer League (USL), the fastest-growing Division II professional soccer league in the world. The USL is comprised of 35 teams across the United States. The team plays its home games at the 5,500-seat Orange County Great Park Championship Soccer Stadium, located in Irvine, CA. OCSC’s strategic partner is historic the European power Rangers Football Club of Glasgow in the Scottish Premier League. OCSC signed the youngest male in United States soccer history to a professional contract, Francis Jacobs, in 2019 at the age of 14. The team also executed the first-ever player move from the USL to Wolfsburg of the German Bundesliga with Bryang Kayo in early 2020, followed by the transfer of OC native Aaron Cervantes to Rangers FC in late 2020. OCSC’s preceding club, Orange County Blues, was one of 12 founding members of the USL during its inaugural 2011 season. Team owner and Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, James Keston, purchased and re-branded the team in 2017. Keston, who actively oversees all operations of the team, is dedicated to providing a pathway to professional soccer and a world-class soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.
For more information about Orange County Soccer Club, and to experience professional soccer in the OC, visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com.
For more information about the United Soccer League, visit: http://www.uslsoccer.com.
The Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States houses Qatar's diplomatic mission to the United States. The primary purpose of the Embassy of Qatar is to highlight Qatar’s policies on regional issues, strengthen Qatar-U.S. bilateral relations and to assist Qatari citizens who travel or live in the U.S. The current Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America is His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani.