NEW YORK, NY – South Bronx United volunteers, coaches, and Junior Board members joined together too launch the new SBU Supporters Club on Saturday. The launch was held in conjunction with South Bronx United’s annual Champions League Final Viewing Party at the Headless Horseman in Manhattan.
Founding members of the club include three soccer personalities: Broadcaster and New York Red Bulls announcer Shep Messing, United States Women’s National Team and FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, and former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Messing was born in the Bronx and served as broadcaster and analyst at the World Cup and Olympics before becoming the announcer for the New York Red Bulls (formerly Metrostars) in 2001. He is perhaps most renowned for having played alongside Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer and other global legends on the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. He also served a master of ceremonies for South Bronx United’s Annual Benefit in 2012.
Barnhart is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and appeared in two World Cups with the United States women’s national team. She currently plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League. During his time in New York, Coundoul was known for his flashy personality and flashy saves in goal. He has also appeared for the Senegal National Team and currently plays professionally in Cyprus.
The SBU Supporters Club is actively dedicated to the organization’s mission of using soccer as a tool for social change by raising awareness, attending events, volunteering and providing financial support. By contributing $50 a year to join the club ($40 of which is tax-deductible), Supporters gain access to exclusive happy hours, special game tickets, unique volunteer opportunities, discounts to the South Bronx United Annual Benefit and the Charity Cup, and an exclusive SBU Scarf.
The desire the form the club arose out of discussions amongst longtime volunteers, coaches, and Junior Board Members who were looking to harness a passionate soccer based to increase financial support and general awareness for the organization, which serves nearly 600 boys and girls between ages 4 and 19 through soccer, educational, college prep, mentoring, and leadership development programs. The group aims to reach 100 members by the end of June, says Russ Martonis, SBU Supporters Club President. To join the club or learn more about its impact on the community, visit sbusupporters.org.