(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- April 28, 2021) — Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club, the soccer nonprofit that emerged from an after-school program at Hart Elementary 10 years ago, has some new wheels.
Thanks to a donation from Rudolph Honda, the club was able to buy a passenger van that will help organizers transport team members to games, presentations and events. The van is equipped with a wheelchair lift to make sure any student who wishes to participate may do so.
“Since the first day transportation has been a struggle for us. It’s a dream come true to be able to do this,” said Executive Director Simon Chandler, who also is EPISD’s Community Schools coordinator. “Besides from getting to and from the games, we’ll be able to use the van to take the kids to do some enrichment activities and to even visit colleges.”
The Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club provides boys and girls from the Segundo Barrio and Chamizal neighborhoods with programming that includes competitive and recreational soccer competitions, after-school homework assistance, tutoring and college prep. Most of the students in the club are EPISD students.
The club raised some funds last year to make the purchase and Rudolph was able to find a van and offset some of the cost, Chandler said.
The van even comes with the official Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club logo, which was designed by El Paso artists Cimi Alvarado and Aron Venegas.
Chandler also announced this week that the club is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from Together Rising, an organization that began last year to help outfits emerge from the pandemic.
The funds will help the club continue to provide academic and recreational opportunities to students in the neighborhoods it serves.