New Soccer Facility To Create Accessible Soccer Opportunities And Inspire Local Youth


The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Chevron), today announced the dedication of a new futsal court at Bakersfield Police Activities League. The refurbished facility will revitalize the nonprofit’s after-school youth soccer programming. As LAFC’s official energy partner, this serves as the second soccer facility refurbishment Chevron has completed in partnership with LAFC, highlighting Chevron’s commitment to local communities throughout the Southern California region.


“We are excited to bring the Black & Gold to Bakersfield,” LAFC President and Co-Owner Tom Penn said. “This project demonstrates both LAFC’s and Chevron’s collective mission to empower youth and communities across Southern California by expanding access to the world’s game.”


The court refurbishment is another key example of how the partnership is delivering on its promise to provide community engagement and access to updated spaces for youth to play the game of soccer throughout the multi-year term. The first refurbishment was completed in March at Bud Carson Middle School in the Hawthorne School District with a full-sized grass field.


Through this collaboration, LAFC and Chevron actively support Bakersfield Police Activities Leagues mission to utilize sports to display visible pathways of success on and off the field for at-risk youth. In addition to the outdoor futsal court, updated soccer equipment will be provided to enrich a sustainable program at the facility for years to come.


“We are proud to unveil the new futsal court in Bakersfield”  said Patty Canessa, Public Affairs Manager of Chevron’s San Joaquin Valley Business Unit. “Our partnership with LAFC gives local youth a safe and revitalized place to play soccer, practice sportsmanship, and build character.  Through investments like this, we hope to make our community an even better place to live.”


Chevron has also worked with LAFC to provide access to the World’s Game through the Chevron Soccer Academy earlier this year, which brought professional soccer training to youth at LAFC facilities and at California State University, Bakersfield.


Chevron and LAFC will continue to be a force for good together in Southern California, providing youth opportunities to participate in the sport they love. 



The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is the newest MLS soccer club serving the greater Los Angeles area. Coming off a record-breaking inaugural season, LAFC is dedicated to building a world-class soccer club that represents the diversity of Los Angeles and is committed to delivering an unrivaled experience for fans. LAFC’s ownership group is comprised of local leaders and innovators of industry with intellectual capital, financial prowess, operations expertise and success in the fields of entertainment, sports, technology and media. LAFC is invested in the world’s game and Los Angeles, constructing and developing the 22,000 seat Banc of California Stadium and a top-flight training center on the campus of Cal-State Los Angeles.  For more information about LAFC, visit and



Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at