Chivas USA Teams Up with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa To Bring Soccer to Summer Night Lights Program

Soccer clinics to be included in events at community initiative held at locations throughout Lo

Chivas USA today announced that it has teamed up with Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa to bring soccer to the successful Summer Night Lights program, a
one-of-a-kind violence reduction community initiative held at Los Angeles parks
throughout the summer. Summer Night Lights provides extended programming at
city parks from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, four days a week, throughout the summer
months. Currently in its third year, Summer Night Lights has grown from 16 to
24 locations citywide with expanded programming including athletic leagues,
arts initiatives, and educational workshops.

Chivas USA will host hundreds
of children at five soccer clinics that will take place throughout the month of
August as part of Summer Night Lights.  Led by Chivas USA Academy coaches,
participating youths will enjoy 90 minute soccer training sessions designed for
children with all levels of soccer experience.  Nearly all the clinics
will include appearances by the ChivaFighter mascot and ChivaPatrol street team
who will be on hand with prizes and giveaways for participating youth and
families. 

“Sports
such as soccer keep kids safe, active, healthy, and out of trouble,” said
City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I am proud to be working
with Chivas USA this summer to offer free soccer clinics to youth at various
Summer Night Lights parks. Together, we can propel our youth to victory.”

“This program is of
great importance to the City of Los Angeles, and we’re proud to be
involved in an initiative that benefits so many children and families,”
said Shawn Hunter, Chivas USA President and CEO. “We know how much our
community loves soccer, and we hope our clinics will motivate more families to
come out and enjoy all that Summer Night Lights has to offer.” 

To add to the program, Chivas
USA Academy coaches will select five stand-out participants from each clinic
and award them with the Summer Night Lights “MVP” Award.  Each
“MVP” will be given a Chivas USA gift bag, and unique
team-autographed certificate of achievement. 

Chivas
USA will host its soccer clinics at the locations listed below.  Members
of the public interested in registering for the clinics can do so by contacting
each park directly. For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com/summernights

Thursday, August 12

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Jim Gilliam Recreation
Center 

4000 South La Brea Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90019

323-291-5928

 

Saturday, August 14 

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Costello Recreation Center

3141 East Olympic Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90023

213-485-9111

 

Thursday, August 19 

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Mt Carmel Recreation Center

830 West 70 St

Los Angeles, CA 90044

323-789-2756

 

Saturday, August 21

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Highland Park Recreation
Center

6150 Piedmont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90042

 

Saturday, August
28  

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Sepulveda Recreation Center

8801 Kester Avenue
Panorama City, CA 91402

818-893-3700

 

About
Summer Night Lights

The
comprehensive community program works in partnership with A Better LA, the
Department of Recreation and Parks, the LAPD, the Department of Cultural
Affairs, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Conservation Corps. and the LA Unified School District (LAUSD).  Last year
the program served over 270,000 youth and families Citywide, and served 250,651
meals. In addition, Summer Night Lights helped achieve reductions in all gang
related crime.