Churchill Downs Donates $40,000 to Sponsor New South Louisville Public Soccer Fields

Louisville, KY (September 30, 2019) – Today, Churchill Downs representatives were on site to help cut the ribbon on new soccer fields in South Louisville’s Wyandotte Park. Churchill Downs’ $40,000 commitment helped the Louisville Parks Foundation reach its $200,000 goal that allowed them to finish the three 5-a-side fields, which sit less than two miles from Churchill Downs Racetrack.

Also present was Mayor Greg Fischer along with the Louisville Parks Foundation, leadership of Louisville City Football Club, Louisville Parks and Recreation staff, other city officials and donors. The construction of the fields completes all three phases of the Louisville Parks Foundation turf soccer field campaign for South Louisville, which included five new fields in three public parks.

“Working with various partners in the community to build new amenities and support our public parks, is what we, as a foundation, are all about,” said Louisville Parks Foundation CEO, Brooke Pardue. “We could not have completed this project without serious community investment from businesses like Churchill Downs, local foundations, and individual donors, large and small. Through our philosophy of projects through partnerships, we will continue to identify needs in our public parks, and work hard to provide new amenities to improve the health and wellbeing of our community, through play.”

“LouCity is excited to continue our partnership with the Louisville Park Foundation. The new field at Wyandotte will provide an opportunity to bring people together from all backgrounds in a safe and first-class facility to enjoy the sport of soccer,” said Mario Sanchez, Louisville City FC’s Director of Youth Development and Community Relations. “This is a great day for the city of Louisville and the entire soccer community.”

“It’s exciting to see the Louisville Parks Foundation’s soccer field project in South Louisville come to this wonderful conclusion,” said Mayor Fischer. “Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and the fastest-growing sport in America. The Parks Foundation, with the help of committed community partners such as Churchill Downs and Louisville City FC, stepped up and filled a need. I look forward to seeing these fields filled with athletes enjoying themselves and competing in the days, months and years ahead.”

The fields are a welcomed amenity to South Louisville and provide youth interested in a soccer an unprecedented chance to practice and play outside of school.

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