Charlotte FC and Centene team up for new soccer field in Hidden Valley

CHARLOTTE — Kids in one Hidden Valley neighborhood now have a new place to play soccer courtesy of Charlotte FC and Centene.

On Monday afternoon, the team unveiled a soccer pitch for residents of the Hunters Pointe community. It is one of the 22 new community fields Charlotte FC has committed to building across the Carolinas.

“I was, like, ‘Oh my God, this is so cool,’” resident Jefferson Martinez said. “I was so excited.”

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Dozens attended the unveiling of the new mini pitch. The team brought a food truck with free meals and provided free Charlotte FC apparel. Members of Charlotte FC’s academy played soccer with the kids of Hunters Pointe. By providing 22 fields, team president Nick Kelly says Charlotte FC hopes to foster a love of the sport and providing a safe place to play.

“I think you take it for granted,” Kelly said. “I think you take for granted the opportunity to go out to your high or middle school or even your park field to go play.”

Hunters Pointe is the second community field built by the team. Charlotte FC’s first community pitch was in the Sailboat Bay apartment complex in east Charlotte.

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