NEWS | April 9, 2019

Welcome all soccer players: There's a new place to play in Oak Park

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UC Davis Health, Sacramento Republic FC and Street Soccer USA have joined forces to bring soccer players in Oak Park a safe and exciting new place to play — and for anyone to learn the game.

Ben Gumpert, Darrell Steinberg and David Lubarsky (right to left) joined St. HOPE middle school soccer players to officially open UC Davis Health Neighborhood Street Soccer Park. <em>Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC.</em> Ben Gumpert, Darrell Steinberg and David Lubarsky (right to left) joined St. HOPE middle school soccer players to officially open UC Davis Health Neighborhood Street Soccer Park. Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC.

The new facility, called UC Davis Health Neighborhood Street Soccer Park, officially opened Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky, Sacramento Republic FC President Ben Gumpert, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and St. HOPE Public Schools soccer players.

“We’re all committed to the same thing — creating better, healthier lives for kids and adults,” Lubarsky said at the event. 

The new park is open 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. (and lit at night) on the grounds of Oak Park Community Center. In addition to being available to the community, the court will be the home base for St. HOPE Public Schools’ middle school soccer leagues.

Sponsoring Street Soccer USA is one of the ways that UC Davis Health and Sacramento Republic FC are helping to make the community healthier and broaden access to the world’s most popular sport. Playing soccer improves muscle strength, coordination and cardiovascular health, along with social, teamwork and communication skills.

More information about UC Davis Health’s community engagement efforts is available online.

Street Soccer USA provides community-level, sport-based solutions to issues of poverty. The organization started with a single soccer team in Charlotte, North Carolina, and now encompasses 15,000 players of all ages and backgrounds in 14 cities.

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