City in the Community (CITC) – the 501 (c)(3) charity foundation proudly supported by New York City FC – was launched in New York City in December of 20142015. With the support of fans, CITC uses the power of soccer to promote health, education and leadership development and create safe community spaces, where programming is free of charge for more than 4,000 young people each week.
This builds on City Football Group’s long-standing tradition of community initiatives in NYC. In 2010, Manchester City FC and the UAE Embassy built a rooftop soccer pitch at PS72 (East Harlem’s Lexington Academy), and in 2013, New York City FC was officially launched on that same pitch. Since then, the first-of-its-kind, synthetic grass pitch has provided hundreds of young people a safe place to play soccer, and City has proudly served more than 30,000 young people across the five boroughs.