Keeping the Kids Kickin’

Keeping the Kids Kickin’

Atlético Durham raises funds to host indoor youth futsal camp this July

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Mayor Schewel takes a photo with players
Mayor Schewel with the players. Photo Courtesy of David Fellerath.

Around $5,000 raised was raised at a fundraising event at the American Tobacco Campus to help support summer soccer programming for Durham youth.

The event was held at the Cage, featuring kids’ games and a raffle supplied by local businesses. Notable attendees included Mayor Steve Schewel and Superior Court Judge Michael O’Foghludha.

The funds will help support an indoor youth futsal camp this July, organized by community startup Atlético Durham. Futsal is similar to soccer, but played on a smaller, hard court with a smaller ball. 

Mayor Schewel speaks at the fundraiser.
Mayor Schewel speaks at the fundraiser. Photo Courtesy of David Fellerath

At the event, Mayor Schewel spoke about the need for accessible athletic facilities and the plans for a new park in East Durham near Hoover Road.

Founded by David Fellerath and Kosta Harlan, Durham Atletico’s goal is to improve low-cost opportunities for soccer in the Bull City. The Durham Atlético Futsal Academy will run July 2 to 26 at C.C. Spaulding Elementary School. Registration is still open, and more information can be found on their website.

Tax-exempt donations are still being accepted through Durham Atlético’s nonprofit fiscal partner, Durham Parks Foundation.

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Sam Bermas-Dawes
Sam is a summer intern at Durham, Chapel Hill and Chatham Magazine. He graduated American University in 2015, before serving a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in North Carolina. An enthusiastic procrastinator, Sam can usually be found on a soccer field, eating or in a movie theater avoiding the things he really, really should be doing.