Schools Involved

Albemarle Road Middle School

YMCAs Involved: Simmons YMCA


The Purpose

13.4% of the Charlotte population identifies as Hispanic, with 27% of this population living below the poverty line.

31% of Hispanic millennials are soccer fans, 2x the general population.

42% of Albermarle Road Middle School students are Hispanic.

Studies have shown that children who participate in high-quality programs outside of school make better grades, have fewer behavioral problems, and perform better on tests. The average cost of club soccer in Charlotte is $1,500-$1,900 per year.

The Coaches

Coach Brandon

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Brandon attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where he played soccer and ran track. Graduating with a B.S. in Sports Management, he also has an extensive background in non-profit work, becoming the first male project coordinator for the downtown YMCA of Greater Greensboro through his scholarship with Guilford. Previously working in the NBA in sales for the Charlotte Hornets G League team, the Greensboro Swarm, Brandon now finds himself involved in what he considers his two true passions in life—youth and soccer. When he is not working, Brandon enjoys spending time with his dog, traveling with friends and playing soccer.

Brandon Rothfuss

Coach David

Hometown: Florence, SC

David grew up in Florence, South Carolina; however, after his freshman year in high school, moved to Kiev, Ukraine with his family. Following high school, he took a gap year to stay in Kiev to tutor and coach his school’s middle school boys’ soccer team. He then attended Francis Marion University, where he received a degree in Mass Communications focused in sports journalism. Fun fact—David speaks Russian!

David Crane