The César Chávez Fútbol Academy
CCFA leadership is well aware of the educational and social climates in which our children and families experience their lives, and because of that understand without patience and an unwavering sense of love and commitment there cannot be a positive transformational shift in their lives. We believe in being present in all aspects of our student athletes lives from attending graduation, to being at their side through immigration or judicial struggle. It is our expectation that from leading by example our athletes will grow into young men and women with a strong sense of empathy and understanding of social justice that will allow them to think critical and become agents of change in the world around them
In 2015 our children saw 40 men in their community lose their lives to gang violence, saw their city make the number two spot on the Forbes most uneducated cities list, and continue to watch their parents live below the poverty line working strenuous hours in the fields. CCFA works to deliberately push back on this narrative through education and awareness, by building academic skills and cultural pride, we believe the pursuit of social justice, with soccer as a foundational motivator, will allow our community youth to change their home into the neighborhoods they want to see for their own future.
Our student athletes are strong in the classroom, receive mentorship on and off the soccer field, are active participants in local government and equity initiatives, and part of a family that has allowed hundreds of young boys and and girls of color to realize their capacity to define their life trajectory with a sense of audacious hope and love.