by Ryan Bailey

The local non-profit, which uses soccer as a tool for social change, is raising funds with a fun family event.

CHARLOTTE — A sign of a good wide midfielder is their ability to go the distance on the wing. That’s also the sign of a good paper airplane.

The Soccer Foundation of Charlotte (Soccer F.C.) will soon be swapping soccer balls for folded paper when it hosts its first annual Great Paper Airplane Contest.

Local families will be invited to show their aeronautical origami skills at McAlpine Center Soccer Fields at the event on June 27th.

The plane that flies the farthest will be awarded tickets for a Charlotte MLS game in its inaugural season, plus an exclusive merchandise pack.

Over 48,000 children live at or below the poverty line in Charlotte, and many are not able to participate in youth sports programs.

Since 2017, Soccer F.C. has provided free after-school programming to many of those children, while giving help and support to their families and communities.

“Times like these remind us of the importance of the work of local non-profits and community organizations,” says Charlotte MLS Director of Community Engagement Dustin Swinehart. “The Paper Airplane Contest is a fun and safe family event, which will directly support Soccer F.C.’s after-school soccer and literacy programs.”

All proceeds raised at the event will go toward providing free soccer and literacy education to children at Title 1 Elementary Schools. Entry is $25 per family or group of two, and all entrants will be entered into a raffle for an assortment of prizes donated by local companies.

The event will comply with all North Carolina Phase 2 guidelines regarding COVID-19.

For more information and to register, visit soccerfc.org.