New York Red Bulls II to face CSL’s Newtown Pride FC in Fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard

The New York Red Bulls II will participate in an exhibition in the first ever soccer game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on July 30th to raise funds for Peer-to-Peer Mentoring offered by Newtown Youth & Family Services

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Newtown Youth & Family Services is proud to announce a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. featuring the United Soccer League’s (USL) New York Red Bull II facing Newtown’s own, Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League on Thursday, July 30th at 7:30PM.  

The evening will kick off at 6:30 p.m. outside of the ballpark with a fun interactive fan zone where all ages are welcome to join in the fun. The stadium will transform into a fun soccer atmosphere for a 7:30PM kick off under the lights. The first 1,000 fans in the stadium will receive a free “We Are Newtown” t-shirt. 

Tickets vary in price point starting at $12 with group and family discounts available. Those interested in purchasing tickets can do so by logging onto Newtown Youth & Family Services website and clicking on the “Events” tab.

All net proceeds from the event, including ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction held that evening, will go to Newtown Youth & Family Services.

"We are proud to be a part of this event," said New York Red Bulls II general manager Shaun Oliver. "The opportunity to play in a match for this cause, and use the game of soccer as a conduit to enrich the lives of children in our community is something that we as an organization are excited about." 

For over 30 years Newtown Youth and Family Services has been providing mental health and community support services to the Greater Newtown area. NYFS continues to provide after school activities, support groups, social groups for children with autism spectrum disorder and programs for pre-school, youth and teens as well as provide financial assistance for counseling to children and families. 

“NYFS is very honored to be able to collaborate with the Newtown Pride and New York Red Bulls II to enhance the services we provide for the community,” said NY&FS Executive Director Candice Bohr. “There is no better way to develop a team partnership like that of Newtown Pride and NYFS than watching two highly skilled teams work together for a common goal! We are excited to watch the New York Red Bulls II and our very own Newtown Pride challenge one another. Thank you to both organizations for their support and helping us continue to fulfill our mission,” Bohr continued.

“We’re so pleased this event has come to fruition,” Mike Svanda, Newtown Pride coach, said. “When the tragedy at Sandy Hook took place we were devastated, as many people were. We were trying to think of a way to help affect change, a real difference for the future. We wanted to play soccer games to raise awareness and bring families together. Our goal is to play soccer to raise funds and awareness for the Newtown Youth & Family Services, and to help implement programs for peer-to-peer mentoring. It is amazing to see the New York Red Bulls organization come together for this cause and it’s an honor to be a part of this great event.”



Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. Newtown Youth & Family Services’ vision is to become a recognized leader in providing mental health and support services.


Our dynamic nonprofit agency combines clinical services and positive youth development programs to provide a continuum of care to residents of the greater Newtown area. NYFS is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth service bureau. We provide outpatient individual, couple and family counseling and substance abuse treatment services. In addition we offer prevention initiatives, after school, evening and weekend programs and support groups to promote individual and community wellness. For more than 30 years, we have offered specialized programs and services to individuals of all ages. Newtown Youth & Family Services is proud to have The Morgan Stanley Foundation as a supporting sponsor

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  • Kyle Lyddy: Event Organizer (203) 521-2606
  • Bob Gaines (203) 448-6187
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