50% of net proceeds from our coffee sales will go to the "No Pay To Play" program. The 2016 Italian Soccer Academy U10 & U12 Elite teams broke ground and planted the way on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 at 1pm at the Marles Family farm, where 2 acres of land have been reserved for the coffee plantation. Selected children from the teams will be re-invited to Pereira for the first harvest picking of the coffee beans in 2017. "Lilo Organico" (leehloh) will be the name given to our coffee. "Lilo" is Eddie Marles' father's nickname (Mr. Alirio Marles), who as a child, was affectionately called "Lilo" by his sisters.
We will devote time and affection to our coffee, staying true to our ecological values and objectives. Our coffee will be 100% organic. Our packaging will feature images of our U10 and 12 players planting the first coffee "Maticas". Thank you for your love and support. We look forward to you sipping your coffee!
The Italian Soccer Academy strongly believe that we have a duty and privilege to operate our programs in an environmentally conscious manner. From the smallest adjustments such as serving environmentally friendly meals at our Colombia and USA venues, to using cardboard and recycled packaging, to avoiding plastic water bottles and containers, every initiative whether big or small is important and brings us closer to a sustainable future.
Because children are the backbone of the world and through our program we possess the power of influence, we are leading by example and setting a high standard for sustainability. We teach our participants that everyone genuinely has the power to get involved and make a difference creating endless possibilities for the future of society.
2019 is our year of "Plastic Free" food and hydration effort. While continuing to expand on our 2018 "Plant a Tree" effort, we are focusing on our "Plastic Free" initiatives. In 2019 we will also continue to expand our Organic Coffee crop in Colombia.