Nike was joined by Ukrainian football legend Andriy Shevchenko today to officially open a renovated football pitch, sports ground and gym at the school in Kiev where he honed his football skills and received his education.

The sports facilities were renovated to provide students at the school and kids in the local community with a high-quality facility to play football and other sports and have a dedicated gym for indoor sport and physical education

“Nike understands the power of sport to make a positive difference in young people’s lives,” said Nike Central and Eastern Europe Marketing Director Steve Tsoi. “Nike’s renovation of the football pitch and gym, combined with Andriy’s commitment to upgrading the school building will provide the school and local community with a great place for sport and learning.”

Shevchenko was joined by 30 young Ukrainian footballers who made it to the local finals of The Chance, Nike’s search for football talent around the world, at the inauguration of the new football pitch.  “Football has made such a positive impact on my life and I wanted to be involved in this project with Nike to give the next generation of footballers a safe place to play with the best facilities,” Shevchenko said. “I’m also proud to be involved in a project that is giving back to the community where I grew up.”

Andriy Shevchenko attended the school and lived in the local community. He was discovered as a young football talent at age nine while playing for the district team in a city tournament.

The Head of Kiev City State Administration Oleksandr Popov was joined by, US Ambassador Tefft, the Head of Obolon District State Administration Vasiliy Antonov and the school Principal  Natalia Vakhnuk in support of the new sport facilities.

“The City of Kiev is proud to have this beautifully renovated football pitch in its school district. The City is committed to supporting collaborations that contribute to physical education, sport and the creation of positive community engagement,” said Mr Popov.

Kiev City is committed to support collaborations of non-profit and commercial organizations to contribute to physical education, sport, and world class athletes development

The restored sporting facilities are the first phase of renovations at the local school. Shevchenko’s Foundation has committed to upgrading the school’s building to provide a better educational and learning environment for the students.

Nike would like to recognize the efforts of the Advisory Board who provided valuable input and guidance on this project: Delta Sport (Nike’s Ukrainian Distributor), Andriy Shevchenko Foundation, Sergey Bubka, Obolon District State Administration, the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine and School 216.