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I -- I ended Penn State 1990 flow in the Nittany Lions beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
After graduation -- -- a successful lawyer serving as a contracts advisor for Major League soccer but then in 2007.
He left the private sector.
-- leadership skills and passion for sports to a meager soccer pitch in Harlem.
Joining us now serves -- executive director Betsy -- a youth soccer league serving children and teens.
In the Harlem and Bronx areas of New York City are welcome Michelle ms.
-- -- -- right now -- I know a lot of our viewers this is one reason I want to read I know a lot of abuse and within a comfortable job I made a good living.
But I want to do more I wanna give back.
Was that your thinking when you're working for MLS and how did you make that jump from -- working in the private sector to put it all on the line you're working for non profit.
Well you know -- But it kind of comes back to my family were -- -- star and -- like giving back to our community and while working -- Major League soccer really conscious thought about ways that can get back into Harlem and I would never thought that it would have been soccer that would -- the vehicle and if that happened but.
Being a Major League soccer being exposed to the sport seeing World Cup really inspired me to say hey I think soccer can be a vehicle it's a way to do some good things for kids and -- You know IE you must've been faced with that -- immense financial challenge because -- you know not only the you have to bring all these kids together but you've -- -- -- -- -- uniforms.
Field so they got to travel from place to place the play -- -- -- would attack globalization.
-- -- not -- and some of our biggest challenge exactly as you said you know one of our biggest ones -- fields but you know.
Major League -- been very supportive about the US soccer foundation has -- helped us you know we actually have a gala 2008.
Palin Beckham came in with that money we actually built -- many pitch in Harlem yes recently.
Tom Warner cable and fox soccer actually work with us and we we got another grass field so we've been kind of really focusing on like getting the field's first.
You know that you need a place for the kids complied and then from there was trying to work on bringing you more of the sponsors donations looking at unique ways to bring revenue for the organization.
William properties background.
At the MLS must've done you a lot of good -- -- all of because one -- -- that I was really two things you branded.
FC Harlem and that helped you what it was selling T shirts are selling products are really turning that into a brand you.
Expand yes absolutely and you know -- soccer -- it exists in 1990.
And you know working at Major League soccer and doing a lot with intellectual property and working very closely with the licensing department.
-- kind of seeing you know the monitor for a lot of openings overseas I said hey I think you know we have a unique opportunity here to.
Capitalize on -- that we have -- Harlem but also we know what we can doing kind of clue that logo -- it was really.
A friend mark at the time that was working Iraq where he designed the logo and we are put that together and you know we're kind of using -- and -- -- -- -- -- -- them.
But what -- -- from corporations now with today maybe differently.
When you start just a few years back -- a more into whether it's providing financial support whether it's helping you -- here in the inner city of New York.
Bring kids in or you get feels together.
Right well I I definitely see that there's an interest in helping organizations like FC Harlem and other youth based organizations -- in communities like Harlem.
And and you have a lot of different organizations like this and inner cities around the country.
I've seen that you know you go to them let them know what your mission is your vision he you know we're looking at FC -- hopefully you know first and foremost a complete this field.
But we like to see if we can establish the first Anderson soccer academy and -- with the support of a different corporations.
Have a soccer leagues -- -- -- we can replicate this around the country.
Well a very good -- here appreciate you coming in -- -- and nobody -- tell you this.
It's not just about sockets about scholarships is well and as they look forward to the next few years -- -- to provide even more and more scholarships for people.
In Harlem and in the Bronx to be able to go to college and that's really what's all -- indeed that's a good thing Chris thank you.
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