AC Syracuse Takes NISA on Humanitarian Mission to Morocco

Nov 16, 2021
Player Development and Education at Heart of Mission

Player Development and Education at Heart of Mission


WHAT:    Leadership from the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) — Executive Vice President Josh Prutch — is in Morocco this week with one of its league teams, AC Syracuse Pulse and that club’s owner, Samir Belhseine, on a humanitarian mission that builds bridges with America — including the opening of the AC Syracuse Pulse Youth Academy in Morocco, which blend athletics with education. AC Syracuse recently entered into a mutual partnership with Regional Football League — Laayoune Sakia El Hamra in Morocco to strengthen and activate the capabilities of all age groups.

WHY:    AC Syracuse and Laayoune Sakia El Hamra agreed to promote and develop football in both regions and achieve a brighter vision for football in Morocco.  AC Syracuse Pulse will be providing more than 100 complete soccer uniforms, plus 100 professional soccer balls, hats and gear, and hundreds of books, for the youth of the new academy in Laayoune.

In addition, two doctors and a chief clinical officer with Operation Walk New York will begin efforts to assist those suffering from knee ailments by providing 25 walkers and injecting 100 select patients with cortisone shots. The medical team will also conduct an assessment for returning in fall 2022 with 35 medical professionals to perform 100 orthopedic surgical procedures.

The AC Syracuse travel party also will explore opportunities for American business investments.



Wednesday, Nov. 17

  • Media Day/press event
  • Distribution of AC Syracuse-donated uniforms, soccer balls, and athletic

gear to youth and coaches

  • Operation Walk medical team meets with patients to administer cortisone shots and offer donation of walkers

Thursday, Nov.18

  • Visit to the Hassan II Hospital and Ben Al-Mahdi
  • Hospital to tour and assess hospitals for future operations in fall 2022
  • Soccer game: Morocco vs. Brazil

Friday, Nov. 19

  • Meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and the Investment Center to discuss and explore investment possibilities for the region
  • Visit to sports facilities

Saturday, Nov. 20

  • Visit to the Royal Moroccan Football Association and meeting with members of the university
  • Visit the Mohammed VI Football Center


About AC Syracuse Pulse

AC Syracuse is a community based professional soccer club in Syracuse, N.Y.  The team will lace up the boots in their inaugural season to compete in the National Independent Soccer Association in 2022. Our mission is to provide the ultimate fan experience at an affordable cost, promoting and enhancing the game of soccer for the fans.  AC Syracuse will be the team that soccer fans look to for excitement, engagement and community—and the team that every player wants to play for. We will reflect diversity and inclusiveness and will strive to set the standard of excellence for professional soccer organizations. For more information, please visit or contacts us at Join our social media communities @ACSyracuse on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.



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