UMBERTO ABRONZINO FIELD HOUSE
Help us construct a field house at the Umberto Abronzino Soccer Bowl in Watson Park!
In 2007, Watson Bowl was re-named for the late Umberto Abronzino, credited as being the father of soccer in Santa Clara Valley. As the San Jose Mercury News reported in his 2006 obituary, although Abronzino lived in the Willow Glen neighborhood, "[h]is home, however, was truly at Watson Bowl..."
Watson Park, built on a former San Jose city dump, was closed for several years for toxic remediation. In August 2011, the park re-opened, and the soccer bowl now contains two beautiful new fields, one grass and one artificial turf, both with lights to allow night play. The vision of making the Abronzino Bowl a recreational soccer showpiece includes (among other amenities elsewhere in the park), a soccer field house replete with restrooms, concessions, office space, storage – and a permanent exhibit wall on Umberto Abronzino and the history of recreational soccer in Silicon Valley curated by our local history museum.
Which is where the soccer community and the surrounding neighborhood step in.
"We can make the dream a reality," says local neighborhood activist and SSV/CF president Don Gagliardi. "Our motto is 'building community through soccer,' and what better way than to bring our community of soccer players and fans to build a beautiful field house that will benefit untold numbers of youth and recreational soccer players as well as serve as a shrine to San Jose's role as 'Soccer City U.S.A.'"
Read the full press release here.
Read about SSVCF's July 2013 Art for Abronzino Bowl auction event here.
The campaign goal is $250,000.
So far, we have raised $2,750.
We are 1 % of the way toward achieving our goal!
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation at the San Jose Parks Foundation website
San Jose Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity, Federal Tax ID #27-1186070.
No contribution is too small to be gratefully accepted.
Donors will be recognized on a plaque within the field house.
The Abronzino Field House Committee:
Aldo Abronzino (Committee Chair)
Linda Abronzino (Committee Chair)
Carol Beebe (Chair, Friends of Watson Park)
Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes Defender)
Alida Bray (History San Jose Executive Director)
Matt Cano (San Jose Parks & Recreation Capital Projects)
Lawrence DeSantis (Architect, Barry Swenson Builder)
Don Gagliardi (SSV/CF President & 13th Street NAC President)
Justin Garcia (City National Bank)
John Jussen (Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League Past President and SSV/CF Board Member)
Dave Kaval (San Jose Earthquakes President)
Sam Liccardo (San Jose City Councilmember)
James Reber (San Jose Parks Foundation Executive Director)
Nat Robinson (Strong Neighborhoods Initiative Leader)
Corky Silva (Project Manager, Barry Swenson Builder)