Metuchen, NJ — United Women’s Soccer commends Brooklyn City F.C. for its continued commitment to maintaining a connection with the community and providing a pathway for youth team players.
Brooklyn City women’s first team player Kayla Mushorn called the connection between her club’s youth players and the women’s first team “a humbling experience,” adding that the club-wide culture in her debut season with the women’s team has been “amazing”.
Mushorn’s comments highlight the ambitious goal set by Brooklyn City F.C. since its inception: To build an organization that provides a path for girls in Brooklyn and the New York City area to progress to the highest levels of women’s soccer without leaving their club.
Thanks to the club’s participation in UWS, this ambition is coming to fruition and is a pillar of the young club’s culture.
“Having the young players at games and cheering for us is a humbling experience,” Mushorn said. “I love it and I love seeing the smiles on their faces.”
Brooklyn City F.C. is the only club in New York City with a direct pathway for girls to play from the age of five up to adult teams competing in national competition.
“We’re not a girls-only club, we’re not a female-only club, we’re a club that is inclusive of everybody and we give the (youth) girls’ teams the resources they deserve, which just does not happen at enough clubs,” said Jesse DeLorenzo, Brooklyn City F.C. founder and president, who was also interviewed on the program.
“Having a women’s team that both boys and girls in the club look up to was a unique approach for us.”
Mushorn, who has had an impressive season with Brooklyn City F.C. this summer, said that the club’s youth-to-adult pathway for girls is inspiring.
“The community [here is strong],” Mushorn said. “I know that with COVID we have had struggles in having people at our UWS games, but being able to look over at the sidelines and see Brooklyn City youth players looking up at us as role models is definitely humbling.
“Having a platform for younger players to look at us and see opportunities for the future — whether it leads to college or playing on a Brooklyn City F.C. team — is the best opportunity for the younger players.
“A good community is the foundation of any success. From the beginning, the community and the culture that Brooklyn City has created is amazing. Seeing the [connection between] youth players right from the top to our UWS team has been amazing.”
Brock added the club should be given credit for building a community during the challenges created by COVID-19 over the past 18 months.
“Being part of the first team and trying to continue building that is such an exciting opportunity and such an exciting thing for the youth players,” Brock said. “It is such a privilege and the community that Jesse and the whole staff at Brooklyn City is building is special.”
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About Brooklyn City F.C.
Founded in 2017, Brooklyn City F.C. provides youth and adult club teams to a massive Brooklyn soccer community. The UWS women’s first team creates a pinnacle within the club’s female player development path. The club is also rapidly expanding in all levels, with over 20 youth teams comprised of almost 300 players (50% girls), grassroots programs across Brooklyn, while also fielding multiple women’s and men’s amateur teams. More information is available at www.brooklyncityfc.org.