Soccer

Attending Republic FC matches a kick for nonprofit groups

The Tower Bridge Battalion enters the stands at a game between the Sacramento Republic FC and San Antonio FC Saturday at Bonney Field.
The Tower Bridge Battalion enters the stands at a game between the Sacramento Republic FC and San Antonio FC Saturday at Bonney Field. aseng@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Republic FC soccer organization gave 378 students and dancers a chance to watch a match Saturday night against San Antonio FC.

Members of Breakthrough Sacramento, a peer mentoring and tutoring organization for high school students, and dancers from the Capital Dance Project attended the match, said Erika Bjork, Republic FC’s vice president of marketing and communications. The students, dancers and their families were able to sit at various locations at Bonney Field, including next to the Tower Bridge Battalion, the Republic FC’s intensely loyal supporters group.

After the match, Breakthrough Sacramento students were scheduled to take a photo on the field with a team member.

Eight local business leaders who partner with FC Republic paid for 278 tickets for Breakthrough Sacramento students, Bjork said. The Sacramento-area business leaders do not want recognition for their donation and wished to remain anonymous, Bjork said.

The 100 tickets for Capital Dance Project were donated by the Glory Glory Sacramento fund, Bjork said. The fund, which was launched by the Republic FC, awards local nonprofits that support education, health and wellness and youth leadership grants up to $20,000, according to the fund’s website.

Capital Dance Project was awarded with a $15,000 grant by the Glory Glory Sacramento fund at the match. In total, the team has donated about $300,000 in resources and cash donations to nonprofits in the region through the Glory Glory Sacramento fund.

Republic FC has distributed tickets to local nonprofits, schools and charities for every match, Bjork said. Through the Glory Glory fund and partnerships with local businesses, they have given about 50 groups and individuals tickets since the start of the season.

“We also accommodate individual requests for the Make a Wish Foundation and firefighter families who need that special love and a night out at a match,” Bjork said.

Alejandra Reyes-Velarde: 916-321-1005

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