I originally wrote the press release for the debut of these courts, which was then edited by the city of Fort Wayne. The story was covered by local media.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Professional soccer player DaMarcus Beasley has partnered with the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, the Indiana Soccer Association, and Homestead High School Boys Soccer Team to build the first public futsal court in Fort Wayne, as part of Homestead’s Futsal in the Park project.
Futsal is a five-a-side game played on a hard, flat court that is considerably smaller than a typical soccer field. It places an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique, as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. Fort Wayne’s court will be located in Packard Park. The Futsal in the Park project will develop the game of futsal in underserved areas by providing futsal courts for Indiana youth. The plan is to develop 20 new futsal sites in Indiana communities over the next 3 years, utilizing underused community spaces such as old tennis courts.
Thanks to the help of DeMarcus Beasley and other local organizations, Futsal in the Park is well on its way to being a success. Half of the funds for the Fort Wayne court have been provided by the city of Fort Wayne, with smaller portion of funds from a GoFundMe campaign organized by the Homestead team. DeMarcus Beasley and Indiana Soccer have agreed to supplement the remaining need. Groundbreaking for the court is scheduled for May.
Beasley grew up playing soccer with the Fort Wayne United Soccer Club, and went on to play more than 20 years of professional soccer in 6 countries, including being the only player in history to compete in four World Cups for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. He has stated that he believes that kids of all ages, backgrounds, and neighborhoods deserve a chance to play and enjoy “the beautiful game”. He has partnered with the aforementioned organizations to help provide this athletic outlet to youth in Fort Wayne.
About Indiana Futsal: Indiana Futsal is organized to provide nonprofit, public, educational futsal development and competition. Through tournaments, leagues, camps, free play, and other futsal events, Indiana Futsal will grow its membership across both youth and adult age groups.