Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley is giving back to his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana as he partnered with the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department and the Indiana Soccer Association to build the city's first public futsal courts.
I’m grateful for what soccer has given me and excited to be able to share a little piece of that w/ my hometown. I want kids to fall in love w/ soccer just as I did as a child. Just want to say thank you to everyone behind the scenes that made this happen. https://t.co/t8uCci1eFs— DaMarcus Beasley (@DaMarcusBeasley) May 17, 2018
“Kids of all ages, backgrounds and neighborhoods deserve a chance to play soccer," Beasley said. "I have great memories of playing in Fort Wayne growing up, and I’m hoping to help give other kids that same chance.”
The Beasley Courts will repurpose underutilized tennis courts in Packard Park on the city's south side. Beasley attended a grand opening ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the courts.
What an amazing day! Thanks to everyone for making this happen! @MayorTomHenry , homestead boys soccer, IYS.(and others) Hope everyone that plays here will fall in love with soccer just as I did as a young boy! pic.twitter.com/iw7NtzQNVD— DaMarcus Beasley (@DaMarcusBeasley) June 28, 2018
The Dynamo recently unveiled a mini-pitch of their own in coordination with MLS WORKS and the U.S. Soccer Foundation in Houston's East End, at Cage Elementary and Project Chrysalis Middle School. Courts such as these provide kids a quality playing surface and a safe place to nurture and grow their love for the beautiful game.
This post originally published on May 17, 2018 and updated following the grand opening of the courts