BUFFALO, N.Y. — A group of Western New York leaders met Saturday to announce an $80,000 grant to promote soccer across the City of Buffalo

The announcement was for funding for new mini-pitches to help Western New York soccer clubs. The mini-pitches would be small, customized, hard-court surfaces.

These new spaces along the Scajaquada Pathway in the Black Rock-Riverside neighborhood could be used by organized soccer programs, as well as for pick-up games.

“I am a strong believer in the importance of expanding opportunities for our children to develop beyond the school day, and healthy recreational activities are key to accomplishing that goal,” Senator Chris Jacobs said.

Jacobs was joined Saturday by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo Common Council member Joseph Golombek and other community leaders.

"We must continue to support initiatives that enable our youth to be successful both in and out of the classroom," Brown said. "Athletics and other types of physical activity are vital to our community."

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