Orlando City Foundation
The ORLANDO CITY SOCCER FOUNDATION is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is dedicated to fulfilling the charitable objectives of the Orlando City Soccer Club by providing outreach programs, services and initiatives for individuals and organizations in need.
We believe in using the sport of soccer and the powerful influence of the Orlando City organization to promote exercise and healthy eating to the children and families in our community and inspire them to reach their full potential.
Orlando City takes great pride in our active role in the community harnessing the cooperation of our players, staff, fans and community partners to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Foundation supports many local non-profits, however, the focus is:
• Offering scholarships to youth soccer players in need of financial assistance
• Raising funds to purchase ‘indestructible’ soccer balls for distribution both locally and globally (www.oneworldfutbol.com)
• Working with local organizations to aid in the education of children and families about healthy eating and exercise (www.rockfl.org)
• Assisting local schools with much needed resources and promoting the value of reading through schemes such as Read to Succeed
• Working in partnership with Sport4Charity whose mission is to help the young and the poor blossom through soccer www.sport4charity.org and the Austen Everett Foundation who help children undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses by giving sporting experiences to them and their families.
For more information on the Foundation, please contact Kay Rawlins - email@example.com.
Meet your Orlando City Soccer Foundation Board Members
Kay Rawlins- Board Chairperson
I have been involved in soccer since the early days of playing it with my brother and his mates to being a season ticket holder at Stoke City to then starting the Club that is now Orlando City. I feel very passionately that we should all make an effort to make the community in which we live a better place for everyone. Orlando City is fortunate to have a wonderful group of young men who give up their time and talent off the field to be role models to the children and families in Central Florida, demonstrating why exercise and healthy eating are so important. The Foundation will help move this effort forward and make an even bigger impact, joining forces with other organizations to deliver the message far and wide. I am beyond excited at possibilities that are in the future of both the Club and the Foundation.
Sheridan Smith-Board Secretary
I was introduced to soccer in 1994 when my mother worked for FIFA when some of the World Cup matches were held at the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando. I was able to meet many of the FIFA employees and watch the games from the press box and the field. I still have my id badge and boxes of memorabilia from the games in Orlando.
I by chance met Phil and Kay Rawlins at an Orlando Business Journal event when they first got to Orlando and have been friends ever since. My son and I have volunteered for the team since their first season. Currently my husband and both of my younger children play soccer weekly so it’s a huge part of my daily life. There is always a minimum of three soccer balls in my living room at any given time.
My day job is managing BKHM CPAs, a firm located conveniently across the street from the Orlando City Soccer offices. I am the IT/Marketing and Office Manager for the firm and have been with them since 2003. I have really enjoyed all of my involvement with the club and the foundation and look forward to many years of promoting and seeing them get to the MLS – Go City!
Growing up in England, football has always been more than just a pastime for me. Deep-rooted in following the English game (Stoke City) from an early age left me with a great desire to be involved more in the beautiful game.
The opportunity came in 2011 to come to the USA and use my professional background as an Accountant to work with Orlando City Soccer Club and help with the drive to the MLS. Embracing all aspects of the club and its community I am excited to be involved with the great work that Orlando City Soccer Foundation is doing in the local area.
Football is my passion. Helping my community is a civic duty I enjoy. I first blended the two way back in 1980 with football clubs in my hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. When I was asked by Kay Rawlins to join the Orlando City Foundation, it was an automatic YES. A perfect way to combine my football, my community and my Club!!
Providing playing opportunities for kids who cannot afford the elite game is my specific dream. I dream of finding inner city kids who will go on to be not only great players, but also great contributors to their communities. One of the greatest achievements in my life was helping to get US College Scholarships for 22 Jamaican footballers from 1982-1986. Today, they are outstanding men in their respective communities.
I got involved with The Orlando City Soccer Foundation, through Kay Rawlins. We met when I sang the national anthem for Orlando City Soccer at The Citrus Bowl on several occasions. I was new to the game itself, but each time I attended a Lions match, I became a bigger fan of OCS! In the process, I had many conversations with Kay about her efforts to help our community and realized we share the same passion for helping others.
I was delighted when I was invited to join the foundation. I take this as a challenge, to learn more about the game of soccer, my community and, about myself. 2013 has many exciting events planned throughout the year and I hope for record attendance and participation! I hope to surpass our wildest expectations and touch as many of lives as possible in the process.
As a former soccer player, a long-standing soccer mom and 10 years as a team manager, I was feeling a bit wistful as my soccer player headed off to college. Additionally, I was most definitely looking for something to which I could apply my love of soccer and my years of business and non-profit fundraising experience. It was very fortunate when Naome Bradshaw introduced me to Kay Rawlins, who asked that I join the Orlando City Soccer Foundation (OCSF).
OCSF has the potential to provide two critical touchstones for the Central Florida area: 1.) Provide positive sports experiences to underprivileged youth and financially assist talented young soccer players achieve their potential; and 2.) Help strengthen the bridge between the Orlando City Soccer professional team, its players, and the community which they now represent.
I grew up in England in the 70’s in the Football (soccer in the USA) culture. To see my team Arsenal play on a Saturday always filled me with excitement. To bring that excitement to Orlando was too good to miss. No one should underestimate the power that Soccer can play in this world. It is a fact that on the morning of December 25th, 1914, during WW1 soldiers set their rifles aside, took off their helmets, and played the game. Much has been said about the ability of sport to unite even the most bitter of enemies.
The goals of OCSC Foundation may not be as lofty but I am confident that by passing on the values of teamwork and fair play we will play an integral part in the development of every child in this community. The fact is when you see kids running around with a ball at their feet you cannot help but smile.