Our philosophy and approach centers around a common belief young people in our community have choices to make in how they define their lives, and recognize soccer is a foundational piece of many can build confidence and the skills to earn their spot at universities and college campuses throughout the nation. CCFA proudly honors the name of the Academy’s visionary, Cesar Chavez, who believed education and civic engagement built from the community up could transform systems and life outcomes for those who learn to think critically and engage with the world around them.
We are deliberate in who we identify to serve as volunteers and coaches, with a specific focus on the recruitment and retaining of college athletes who grew up in East Salinas. We understand the level of trust and power of a dynamic relationship in working with young people and their families in a community that has been underrepresented generationally. We work to incorporate leadership into every aspect of our service model, from bringing the student athletes to local government events to developing older athletes into volunteers and coaches for younger participants in our community clinics.
CCFA leadership is well aware of the educational and social climates in which our children and families experience, and because of that understand without patience and an unwavering sense of love and commitment there cannot be a positive transformational shift in their lives. We believe in being present in all aspects of our student athletes lives from attending graduation to being at their side through immigration or judicial struggle. It is our expectation that from leading by example our athletes will grow into young men and women with a strong sense of empathy and understanding of social justice that will allow them to think critical and become agents of change in the world around them.