Orange County SC announced in recent days two separate initiatives to connect to the local Orange County community, on and off the field, in deeper ways.
The first is the development of a Hispanic advisory board for the club. According to a team release, the purpose is to “work to better reach and serve the Hispanic community of Orange County and the surrounding areas.”
Leaders and advocates from local businesses, universities and media organizations will work together to “unite our local community and make an impact” and “become a resource” for the local population.
After announcing this last week, amid protests around the country following the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, some OCSC fans wondered about the timing, coming at a moment when highlighting systemic racism against black people in particular was the main topic. However, subsequent reports from the Orange and Black Soccercast explained the Hispanic advisory board had been in the works for quite some time, and the timing happened to be coincidental.
In addition, OCSC announced they have partnered with Unite Health Share Ministries to distribute 100 tickets to every home game for the next three years in the OCSC Community Corner. The tickets are intended for local nonprofit organizations to hand out tickets to families and children they work with in the community. Local nonprofits interested in the program are urged to apply for the ticket giveaway on UHSM’s website.
Nice to see initiatives like this and here’s hoping these programs and those like them are long-term and help the club connect to the surrounding OC community on an ongoing basis.
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