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FC Tucson Players to Cheer on Local High School Graduates at Commencement Ceremony

June 2, 2020 - United Soccer League One (USL1) - FC Tucson News Release

Usually, on the receiving end of cheers and applause, FC Tucson soccer players turn the tables this Friday to cheer and applaud the 2020 graduates of Chicanos Por La Causa Community High Schools. The commencement ceremonies will be hosted Friday, June 5 at Tucson International Airport in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Thirty-nine graduates and their families will be celebrated at the ceremony.

"This is a major score for these graduates and their families celebrating remarkable endurance and rising above incredible life hurdles," said Lydia Aranda, President of CPLC Southern Arizona. "This Class of 2020 is deserving of a celebration for all they have accomplished academically and in the midst of a global health crisis, and I am so proud they have held steadfast and outperformed the odds. The creativity, collaboration and conviction of FC Tucson and the Tucson Airport Authority affords us this unique opportunity to gather and celebrate this year's cohort. On behalf of our executives, program directors, service agents and interns, we congratulate our graduates, along with their parents, siblings, coaches and mentors who helped them Get to the Goal, and take flight on their college and career journeys."

CPLC Community Schools is a non-profit charter holder for Envision High School and Toltecalli High School. CPLC Community Schools is an affiliate of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), which builds proactive alliances, unifies borders, and empowers the community.

FC Tucson and CPLC recently announced a formal alliance of their shared missions to forge a community that inspires and strengthens the youth of Tucson and Southern Arizona while creating a new generation of mentors and leaders who will help build healthier and more collaborative communities.

"This alliance allows for a unique opportunity for heroes to help create more heroes," said FC Tucson President, Amanda Powers. "We believe these players demonstrate dedication, grit, and hope and who wouldn't want that to be shared with the youth of our community."

This will include FC Tucson working with CPLC Coach Marcelo Cruz, of the co-ed Toltecalli/Envision sports program on soccer skills camps and clinics, and Superintendent Lori Mejia leveraging the value of the CPLC five pillars behind the student's success in the workforce of today and future generations.

Said Aranda, "We plan to forge new paths in holistic education by bringing professional players, students and Parents-as-Coaches into sports as a strategic tool."

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