Proudly introducing our Copa Americana fundraising legacy program: Organic Coffee production from Pereira, Colombia to the soccer world!
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, during our Copa Americana Pereira 2016 international tournament, The Italian Soccer Academy U10 & U12 Elite teams broke ground and planted the way for an Organic Coffee crop at the Marles Family farm (owned by Mr. Alirio Marles) in Pereira, Colombia where 2 acres of land were reserved for the coffee plantation. In 2020, players will be invited back to the farm to pick and process their planted coffee.
50% of net proceeds from our coffee sales will go to the “No Pay To Play” program of the Italian Soccer Academy.
“Lilo Organico” (leehloh) is the name given to this coffee. “Lilo” was the nickname for 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.
Thank you for your love and support. We look forward to you sipping your 100% organic Colombia coffee planted by soccer loving children!
The Italian Soccer Academy’s Tree Planting Initiative focuses on planting life for a sustainable future and educating our children in environmental awareness.
The Italian Soccer Academy strongly believes 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, Italy 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.