LVU's LRC Going All Turf and Donating Futsal Courts to Artquest!

Lehigh Valley United Renovations and Giving Back News and Updates from the Lou Ramos Center (LRC)! Bethlehem, PA - The Lou Ramos Center (LRC), a 40,000 square foot sports facility located in Allentown PA, has been providing an indoor sports experience on artificial turf and sport court surfaces since 2015. Although dedicated primarily to soccer and futsal training and games, the LRC has seen volleyball, field hockey, flag football, lacrosse and even roller derby on its many fields. The LRC Management recently announced the strategic decision to convert 15,000 square feet of sport court surface, primarily used for Futsal, to a state-of-the-art artificial turf surface. This change, along with some new partnership opportunities being created at the LRC will allow Lehigh Valley United to sustain their organization and mission created by the founder and namesake of the venue Lou Ramos, "developing high quality soccer players who love the game, have respect for fellow players and have an appreciation for world class performances." According to Greg Ramos, LVU's Executive Director and son of the late Lou Ramos, "we've thought long and hard about maximizing the space at the LRC, and we believe the changeover to turf will allow us to offer a higher quality and more conducive experience in our core area of expertise, soccer development." "It's bittersweet, "says Ramos. "We've been a hub for the sport of Futsal nationally. US Soccer ran a Development Academy event that saw LVU's 2001 team play against Giovanni Reyna's NYCFC team while father and former US National Team Captain, Claudio, looked on. I've watched other former National Team players like Ernie Stewart coach his son with the Union, and Chris Armas oversee the Redbull Academy teams at our annual LVU/MLS Friendlies hosted at the facility. It's been an amazing experience to be a part of!" The decision to convert to turf was not taken lightly. In addition to enhancing the soccer experience at the facility, it was important to the LRC that the sport of Futsal continues to thrive in the Lehigh Valley. The perfect opportunity to pay it forward arose with LVU's partner's at ArtsQuest. The LRC will be donating their three Futsal Courts for use at the Iconic Bethlehem Steel site that hosts Men's and Women's World Cup Viewing Parties as well as clinics and activities for youth players and spectators. Greg Ramos could not be happier with the arrangement. "My grandfather came to Bethlehem because of the Steel. Seeing the courts used at the site will create a very meaningful connection for my family and I." "ArtsQuest has had a great relationship with Lehigh Valley United since 2012 when we first started discussing hosting World Cup Viewing Parties," said ArtsQuest Chief Operating Officer, Curt Mosel. "This generous gift will allow us to expand our soccer offerings at future events for years to come." --- Media Contact: Greg Ramos Executive Director Lehigh Valley United gramos@lehighvalleyunited.com

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