By Nicholas Sakelaris | CoServ
The new mini pitch at Navo Middle School in Aubrey stands as a beacon, both literally and figuratively, for thousands of students. Denton ISD Superintendent Dr. Jamie Wilson said he envisions students from Braswell High School as well as the surrounding elementary schools - Bell, Paloma Creek, Savannah and Providence - dribbling, shooting and scoring at the soccer facility for years to come.
CoServ joined Denton ISD in dedicating the new playing surface on Monday alongside representatives from Globe Life, FC Dallas and a few dozen students from the GOAL (Guys & Girls Operating As Leaders) program at Navo.
Jamie referenced the Apple TV series Ted Lasso, a story about an American football coach who goes to Europe to coach soccer. The title character may not understand soccer, but he knows the importance of having someone believe in you, he said.
“You see a lot of adults who do believe in you, and this is just one example of that belief and the things you can do with your life,” he told the crowd of Navo Middle School students. “All of us need someone believing in us.”
CoServ believes in the young people in the GOAL program and conveys that belief as a proud supporter of the mini pitch program. Out of the nine that FC Dallas has established in North Texas, CoServ has been involved in four. And CoServ is working with FC Dallas on a larger pitch set to open later this year to support the young adults at My Possibilities in Plano.
“It’s a big deal for us to be out here. This isn’t just a place for you to play soccer or learn leadership skills. Hopefully, it’ll provide the first step of where you’re going to go in life,” said Mario Zavala Jr., Manager of Communications & Branding for CoServ, told the students. “These are really special because they’re a way for us to connect with the community and connect with you.”
FC Dallas COO Jimmy Smith said the project wouldn’t have been possible without CoServ and Globe Life. The FC Dallas Foundation’s mission is to encourage education, health, wellness while empowering the youth in North Texas.
“We are involved in a variety of projects to serve this mission, but the Foundation’s Mini Pitch Project is one of our most ambitious,” Jimmy said. “It’s the teamwork, it’s having goals, overcoming challenges and learning how to cope with loss.”