Last week, Man City Square introduced its exclusive “We’re Not Really Here” article series. Over the next few months, Man City Square will be speaking with the various Man City Supporter Groups throughout the United States to learn more about the fans, their love for Manchester City, and other facts about these groups.
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The second Supporters Club featured in this series hails from New York, New York. Established in 2007, the New York Sky Blues gather at Amity Hall Downtown each week (and previously at the Mad Hatter) to watch their beloved Manchester City. The group was also formerly known as the “Hatter Blues” until they changed their venue location to Amity Hall.
The New York Sky Blues were the first official Manchester City Supporters Club formed outside of the European continent. At the time, then-Manchester City CEO Garry Cook arrived in New York City to officially inaugurate the New York Sky Blues.
Outside of football, this Supporters Club have undergone a series of volunteer projects as they look to give back to their community. Aside from being a recognized group that follows a football team, this Supporters Club is also an official 501(c)3 registered charity.
Over the past 13 years, the New York Sky Blues have raised money to support numerous local youth soccer teams, and even purchased kits for a team in Harlem. These donations also helped pay for coaches, equipment, and field time for teams in Harlem and the Bronx.
More recently, one of the founding members of the New York Sky Blues passed away from ALS, and this Supporters Club raised $12,000 to assist the family that was impacted by this loss. Then, during the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Sky Blues donated a total of $27,000 to two food banks in the Tri-State area, as well as City in the Community.
The noble actions of this Supporters Club demonstrate that there is more to life than just football. The New York Sky Blues have been involved in numerous charitable events, and the auctioning of Manchester City memorabilia during matchdays, as well as the kindness of these supporters, has helped make a difference.
Man City Square would like to thank the New York Sky Blues for their time and participation in this report.
Interested in participating in Man City Square’s “We’re Not Really Here” (WNRH) article series? Please contact contributor Mark Temnycky on Twitter at @mtemnycky.