Support REAL Colorado Soccer
Real Colorado is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to setting the standard for the youth soccer experience.
We believe It’s How You Play the Game that counts, from playing with integrity on the field, to growing relationships and building community, to creating a fun and exciting experience that grows with all of our youth athletes.
We are looking for donors and sponsors to help us move our club forward in ways that will pay dividends for our community for years to come. Together, we can make the communities where we operate, better, because of our presence.
How Can You Become Part of Our Growing Program?
Click the links to the below to learn more about our giving programs, or click the green button above to donate today. For questions and more information, contact Jared Spires at Jareds@RealColorado.net
Colorado Gives Day
Real Colorado Soccer is a community-based organization committed to helping each player learn, grow, and celebrate his or her love of the game. They are dedicated to developing character, integrity, and personal growth for the youth player, student athlete and future leader. Real Colorado serves our community by continuing a tradition of fun and excellence in developing players, coaches and teams.
This year, as for many, has been extremely difficult for Real Colorado, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many hardships for our non-profit organization.
In 2020, pandemic regulations restricted much of our normal operations and not only was our spring season cancelled but some of our largest revenue generating events such as the annual Real Cup Tournament and Casino Real fundraising event were also cancelled. As a non-profit, these events offer crucial funding for our annual operations. Although, we faced these obstacles, Real Colorado found innovative ways to bring connection to our youth. As reports from accredited organizations such as the American Association of Pediatrics continue to describe our youth’s declining metal health, we are working hard to create new opportunities to engage youth and keep them connected-both on the fields and off. The benefits of keeping the kids interacting and exercising has lasting impacts and supports them in how they are coping with these unprecedented times and major lifestyle changes. We are dedicated to continuing to find safe ways to supporting our youth’s health.
While we understand, it has been a hard time for everyone, we are hoping you will be able to find a way to support our organization and mission, by finding a way to donate to Real Colorado this year. December 8 is Colorado Gives Day, and we’re asking for donations that will be partially matched by a $1 million incentive fund. Please consider a gift to Real Colorado, any amount helps and is much appreciated.
You can schedule a donation now for CO Gives Day by selecting that option button, or you can wait to give on Dec. 8.
For more information on Real Colorado, please watch this video to learn more about what this organization is doing to develop and build our youth and community not only for today but for many years to come!
Thank you for your support,
Ron vonLembke – Chairman of the Board
Jared Spires – CEO/COO
Lorne Donaldson -President/Executive Director of Coaching
Real Colorado Scholarship Fund
Each year, Real invests a portion of its budget to enable students who couldn’t otherwise afford to play soccer, to join the game. Our club and its donors have enabled many of our players to not only afford a season of soccer, but to play throughout their youth, often earning a college scholarship because of the skills they gained at Real. We offer college preparation workshops and on-going gifts to help players of every age afford to participate in the game.
Every gift counts and makes a difference for Real Colorado, but if you are interested in donating with a target in mind, the information below can help.
Adopt a Cubbie
- An introduction to soccer can change a life. It can lead to friendship, an active lifestyle, improve success and attendance in school.
- $240 provides player at Real Colorado a fall and spring season of play as well as the uniform package required.
Adopt a Recreational Player
- Our goal at Real Colorado is to provide an opportunity to fall in love with the game of soccer no matter the ability or level. Our recreational program ensures no player is left behind. With a volunteer network of coaches led by our staff at Real Colorado, our recreational program provides soccer for players regardless of level.
- $500 provides most players in our recreational program the ability to player both spring and fall as well as cover the cost of the uniform package required.
Adopt a Junior Academy or Competitive Player
- While all players play to have fun, some find fun in participating in select environments where like ability players are brought together to compete against like ability players. Beginning at 8 years of age, our select programs provides players with professional instruction, training and opportunity to their reach their potential as soccer players.
- $2000 generally provides most players the ability to play both fall and spring for a competitive program as well as the full cost of the uniform and training kits required for those programs. This amount does not include travel that occurs throughout each season.
Adopt an ECNL or USSDA player
- Real Colorado competes at the highest levels nationally in the ECNL and USSDA leagues. Each program is designed with the elite athlete in mind and requires a full commitment of time, talent and treasure. With year round training and games, 6-7 annual trips, the cost of these programs would be a limiting factor for many families were it not for the support of Real Colorado through donations from people and business likes you and yours. Every year there are players in this program who are 100% dependent on Real Colorado to provide their soccer opportunity. These players often take advantage of the opportunity to gain collegiate entrance and scholarship to further their education. For some, college is out of the question without soccer as vehicle and your support at this level changes lives.
- $4500 generally provides our elite players with the annual support they require to participate in such programs. This significant sum of support has set so many Real Colorado players onto college opportunities they turned into professional careers both in soccer and out of soccer. Their stories are often incredible and the odds they beat to even make it to this level of competition is a story in and of itself.
Your gift to our scholarship program has a direct impact to the future of our players and their education, both on the field and out in the world. To make your tax-deductible donation now, click the Colorado Gives logo to visit our donation page or email Jared Spires at Jareds@realcolorado.net for questions and information
Amazon Smile - Donate Without Sacrificing Anything
I would imagine that almost everyone of us uses Amazon at some point to purchase gifts, necessities, groceries, cloths and nearly anything in between. Did you know by simply going to AmazonSmile you enjoy the same discounts, same service, but Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase to a charity of choice? All you need to do is shop through AmazonSmile and select Douglas County Soccer Association ( we do business as Real Colorado) as your charity of choice. Have a different charity, that’s okay, but please select one so Real or another charity can benefit from this free program too you. With Black Friday approaching and the beginning of the season of giving, we hope you will consider Real as your charity of chose and just think, without losing any benefit, you can benefit a charity and help them do better and more of what they are currently doing.
Real Colorado Soccer Complex
Through generous support from our membership, Real Colorado is making steady progress on the build out of our Soccer Complex, a future home for every player and family in our club.
We are seeking both private and corporate donors to further the build out of our Complex – read on to discover why it matters to your future at Real Colorado and how you can be part of this important piece of our club.
Why Build? The Vision for Real Colorado Soccer Complex
Real Colorado sets the standard for how youth soccer is played, offering the most comprehensive program available from the youngest player to the elite athlete at the highest levels of soccer competition in the country.
The fields that our players use today are rented to us seasonally by local parks and school districts, giving us little influence over field quality, availability and cost. As a non-profit organization, field rental is a huge expense, and one that we can reduce and invest back into other areas of the club once we are able to own and operate our own fields.
If we are to continue to offer the best soccer experience available, that includes offering our programs year-round on high quality, well-maintained fields. To secure this future for our club, Real Colorado is building a new 23 acre soccer field complex, just North of E. Lincoln Ave. and S. Peoria St., between Highlands Ranch and Parker, Colorado.
When completed, our soccer complex will be the most comprehensive in Colorado, serving as the heart of our club – a home for our club’s families, a community center for the development of youth players, and the launch site for the next great soccer player or great leader of tomorrow. When fully completed, our soccer complex will include:
- 5 lighted synthetic fields
- 1 championship natural grass field
- A clubhouse with space for team celebrations, special events, a small indoor training center and the Real Colorado staff
- And more…
Be Part of Building our Soccer Home
Our path to raise the funds for this project relies on the generosity of our club, along with foundation support, corporate fundraising and budget re-allocation. Future phasing will be determined by the success of our fundraising efforts and we need your help to continue building this dream.
There are many ways to support the building of our new soccer Complex home:
- Get Involved. Follow the build-out of our Complex on our Facebook page.
- Become a Sponsor. Know a business that would be interested in becoming a sponsor of the Complex? We have many sponsor opportunities available that provide great brand exposure for local businesses. To find out more, Jared Spires, Chief Operations Officer at Real Colorado
- Donate. By visiting Real Colorado’s page on Colorado Gives.org, you can earmark donated funds to go directly to the building of our Complex. Real Colorado is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – your donation is tax deductible.
To make your tax-deductible donation now, click the Colorado Gives logo to visit our donation page or email Jared Spires for questions and information.
General Operating or Specific Purpose
If you have another area you would like to support Real Colorado in developing or furthering, you can designate your donation to an area more personal too you. For some, you just have a heart for giving and you can simply donate to our general fund through the Colorado Gives link at the top of the page.
To make your tax-deductible donation now, click the Colorado Gives logo to visit our donation page or email Jared Spires at Jareds@realcolorado.net for questions and information