Four high school teams will participate
This year, the four high school soccer teams – Alta Vista Charter School, Cristo Rey Charter School, Kansas City East High School and Kansas City Northeast High School – and their families and fans again will have an opportunity to experience UMKC’s state of the art facilities and view the campus.
Hosted by UMKC, the games are free and open to the public. In 2013, more than 200 people attended, including members of the four fútbol teams.
Schedule of Events:
- 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Northeast vs. Alta Vista
- 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: East vs. Cristo Rey
- 10 a.m. – noon: Education Fair with UMKC Departments and Student Groups
- 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: UMKC Soccer Team OPEN PRACTICE
“The UMKC Hispanic Advisory Board (HAB) wishes to salute UMKC for embracing the Latino community as we host the 3rd Annual Fútbol Clásico. The HAB envisioned Latino parents coming to our campus to see what great educational opportunities were available to them and their children,” said Carlos Salazar, chairman, UMKC Hispanic Advisory Board. “The natural draw to campus has been the top quality soccer stadium which exists at UMKC and the Latino communities’ love for soccer. This has turned into one of several success stories between the HAB and UMKC.”
One of UMKC’s primary goals is to “Embrace Diversity,” with “recruit and retain a diverse campus community” as one of its primary strategies. The student population at the four high schools is predominantly Hispanic, and the games are one more way the university is working toward the goal.
“By providing this opportunity, UMKC is seen as a potential place for the students to attend, a place where the students can belong,” said Erika Noguera, project coordinator, Division of Diversity and Inclusion.
Students and families are welcome to stay on campus to watch the UMKC team practice.
In addition to the soccer games, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and Avanzando formed a partnership between UMKC and the Hispanic Development Fund. Avanzando supports the HDF Scholarship recipients in their academic and career pursuits through academic support, mentoring and enhanced access to the campus and community resources.