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CFC in the Community: December 2023 & January 2024

First Hamilton County Soccer Clinic ran by Alex Mcgrath and Jesse Williams at Bess T. Shepard with Operation Get Active

Chattanooga FC's purpose is to build community through the world's game.

Our mission is to use soccer as a tool to build strong relationships – across age, race, creed and socio-economic status – for the greater good of our city.

Check out what CFC got up to around Chattanooga this off-season.

Community Hero Award Winner, Mary Beth Sutton of WaterWays

Chattanooga Football Club has announced Mary Beth Sutton as January’s Community Hero of the Month. Founder and Executive Director of WaterWays, Mary Beth and her team have worked to provide outdoor education opportunities to local students. Over the past 20 years, WaterWays has grown from a small grassroots student alliance to an international non-profit organization focused on watershed health and restoration with efforts to repair the rivers, creeks, and streams through natural remediation techniques. Described as a friend to everyone she meets, Mary Beth will receive a gift card courtesy of Rodizio Grill and a two-night vacation voucher.

If you would like to nominate a deserving local hero for their selfless acts, bravery and contributions to the community’s well-being for the Chattanooga FC Community Hero award, you can fill out the application here.

CFC announces Female Student-Athlete Highlight with CSMO, Kimberly Vicente Sica

This month’s Female Student-Athlete Highlight with the Center For Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics (CSMO) was awarded to Kimberly Vicente Sica from Bess T. Shepard Elementary School. The straight-A student started playing soccer with Operation Get Active in 2023 and continues to give her all to whatever she puts her mind to. Described as a self-starter, Vicente Sica is a leader on and off the field by encouraging her team-mates, having patience with others and never giving up.

If you would like to nominate an outstanding female student-athlete based on their achievements in academics, sports and leadership qualities for the Chattanooga FC Female Student-Athlete Highlight with CSMO, you can fill out the application here.

Female Student Athlete Highlight, Kimberly Vicente Sica

Local Small Business of the Month powered by EPB, Revollo Castlebary & Associates Law Firm, LLC

Established to aid the Latinx community with their family immigration and wills and trust needs, Revollo Castlebary & Associates Law Firm, LLC is the January Local Business of the Month Award recipient powered by EPB. Priscilla Castlebary provides free sessions to the community to educate underprivileged communities on the importance of having a will or trust and naming guardians for minor children. Castlebary is the founder of the Latinos Professionals Network group created to connect Latinx business owners and professionals in the Chattanooga community.

Chattanooga FC and EPB are proud to congratulate Revollo Castlebary & Associates Law Firm, LLC on being recognized as the inaugural Local Business of the Month Awards recipient. Applications are now open for February’s Local Business of the Month Award here.

Teacher Appreciation Spotlight Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for our ‘Teacher Appreciation' Award. Parents and students are encouraged to nominate teachers who have positively impacted their lives through their teaching methods and positive experiences in the classrooms.

If you would like to nominate a deserving teacher for their unrelenting kindness, dedication, and positive influence in the classroom for the ‘Teacher Appreciation’ Award, you can fill out the application here.

Read to Score with Joseph Perez and Milo Garvanian at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School

Chattanooga FC players Joseph Perez and Milo Garvanian visited Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School for the Read to Score Kick-off Event on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. The Defenders read to first and second grade classes during their quiet time from books that shared their love for soccer around the world. Students were able to ask their new favorite players questions about their families, moving to Chattanooga and favorite victory dances. 

As part of our Read to Score initiative, each child received a special bookmark from Chattanooga FC to help keep track of their reading. After reading three books, the students can fill out their reading log on the back of their bookmark to have it redeemed for a free ticket throughout the regular season. If teachers are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the Community Outreach Request Form here.

First Hamilton County Soccer Clinic ran by Alex McGrath and Jesse Williams

On Wednesday, January 31, Chattanooga FC midfielder Alex McGrath and defender Jesse Williams joined Operation Get Active for an afternoon of soccer and fun at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School. At the first CFC Soccer Clinic held in Hamilton County, the athletes led the first and third graders in drills after warming up and some light stretching. The excited star students practiced their dribbling skills with McGrath and scoring techniques with newcomer Williams.

Fist Bump Friday at Orchard Knob Middle School with CFC CEO Alton Byrd

Chattanooga FC CEO Alton Byrd spoke at Fist Bump Friday held at Orchard Knob Middle School on Friday, December 1, 2023. Designed to encourage and normalize positive encounters with first responders and community leaders, Byrd shared an inspirational message about his hardship throughout childhood and the ‘never give up’ attitude that led him to the career path he has today.

Mainx24 with CFC

Proud members of the Chattanooga FC Foundation, Academy, staff and fans and coaching staff participated in the Mainx24 parade on Saturday, December 2, 2023. A staple in Chattanooga Christmas traditions, Chattanooga FC and the Chattahooligans joined community members for a morning filled with fun, Christmas-themed chants and exciting giveaways as we gear up for the 2024 season. Did you catch us at the 2023 Mainx24 parade?

Black Firefighters Gala sponsored by CFC

Members of Chattanooga FC joined the Brothers United of Chattanooga International Association of Black Professional Firefighters and the Net Resource Foundation for the 2nd Annual Black Firefighters Gala on Saturday, December 2. The black-tie affair helped the organizations raise money for their educational programs and free safety sessions around Chattanooga and Cleveland areas.

Donation of Christmas Presents for Families Northside Neighborhood House

Chattanooga FC surprised three families of Northside Neighborhood House with Christmas presents to help spread cheer during the holiday season. Each parent, child and even grandparents of these families received personalized Christmas presents just in time to open on Christmas morning.

Ice on Landing

Did you catch Chattanooga FC at Ice on the Landing? We had so much fun skating, playing and getting to know our fans and friends while attending Ice on the Landing during December and January. Be sure to catch us at the next community event with our inflatable field as we gear up for our 2024 season.