TOCA CITY HISTORY
In the summer of 2012, I (Alec Lemmon) had been praying about how I could start to invest in the lives of kids in KCK using soccer, but I didn’t know where to start. I decided to just take a drive through KCK. I saw three boys playing soccer in an empty lot, so I stopped. I asked if I could join them, so we played for a little bit and I showed them a few things. When I went to leave one of the boys said, “Are you a coach?” I smiled and said, “Yeah, I am.” “We NEED a coach!” another said. And the other said, “We need a team too!! Can you coach us?” I laughed a little at how forward they all were. “I gotta go boys, but maybe I’ll see you around,” I said. Six months later I was driving through KCK again and three boys started chasing my car, yelling out, “Coach Alec, Coach Alec!” I stopped. It was the same three boys, “We still need a coach!”
6 years later, I’m still very good friends with these three boys, Pramod, Dhan and Sonjok. After they chased me down that day, we began to get together to play soccer. Toca City was them and it grew through them. The boys just started inviting their friends and cousins until one day we had 40+ kids on any given day. The talent was not good to start, but we have gotten a little better every year. I don’t think it was by chance that the first three people I ever met in KCK were Pramod, Dhan and Sonjok, because without them nothing would have happened. I wish I had time to tell you story after story of how these boys have deeply impacted me and how they have changed the lives of their friends in KCK and the whole KCK community!
I have found that it’s not that difficult or complicated to cross over the line, especially when you cross over with a ball. The world changes one person at a time, through personal relationships. And in reality, every single one of us can do that.
These three boys have been critical in the development of all the programs and opportunities that we offer in Toca to underserved youth. We look forward to continuing to welcome more people into the Toca FC family from all parts of the city and the world.
URBAN COMPETITIVE CLUB TEAMS
Who is this for?
- All KCK residents, especially at-risk-kids and open to ALL ethnicities
- Johnson County/none KCK residents that want to engage in cross-cultural friendships
- Kids age 7-18
When and where?
- Days: 2 practices a week, typically Monday and Wednesday
- Times: typically 4-6pm
- Locations: John F. Kennedy Community Center, Bethany Community Center, Soccer Nation, Adrion Roberson Athletic Feild
- Activities: soccer, educational support, and leadership enrichment
- League/Tournaments: Soccer Nation, Challenger Sports tournaments
ELEMENTARY AFTER-SCHOOL SOCCER PROGRAMS
- 6-8 week after-school programs
- 1 or 2 times a week
SHOWCASING THE UNDISCOVERED TALENT IN KCK
- KC College Combine is designed to showcase the best undiscovered urban core players in KCK and KCMO.
- 10+ local colleges in Kansas and Missouri attended this last year.
- We have helped players be identified by local colleges and universities since our first event in 2015.
EAT + PLAY
We host community meals and free soccer clinics in both Kansas City, Kansas and Olathe. Soccer shouldn’t be something that divides the community, it should bring people together. Plus, who can say no to good BBQ and soccer!