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ABOUT SPORTING WHITE RIVER
The Sporting White River team was new to Indy City Futbol in 2021. This area represents the westside neighborhoods of IUPUI and Stringtown.
The team colors are true blue and light blue.
The team crest features a wavy design in blue and white, calling to mind the waterway after which the club is named.
You are considered a resident of this team if you live: IUPUI and Stringtown, and can include Zip codes: 46201, 46203.
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ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Sporting White River represented the two West Side areas that border the White River: Indiana Ave. and Stringtown.
Legend has it that Stringtown got it’s name from some of the first residents who tied “strings” between trees to throw a tarp over and camp close to the City and the jobs it provided. Others say that it was a “String of Homes” along Washington Street that gave this area it’s name. Whatever the truth is, Stringtown has always been clearly identified by it’s location and proximity to the city and where the opportunities are.
The energetic development of the IUPUI Campus along with the Medical Research and Hospital facilities have brought tens of thousands of folks to these campus locations. The development of the Indianapolis Zoo, The White River State Park, Lucas Oil Stadium, Victory Field and over 200 shops, restaurants, museums, music venues and more now make the Stringtown Village location an ever increasing urban value.
During its heyday, Indiana Avenue was the center of Black culture in Indianapolis. During the Jazz Era, legends like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald played alongside locals like the Hampton Sisters and Wes Montgomery at the 30-plus clubs in the neighborhood. "The Avenue" was also home to the headquarters of Madam C. J. Walker’s majestic theater and haircare manufacturing company, prominent Black churches, Black newspapers, and Black-owned businesses. It was also the site of one of the first Federal housing projects in America--Lockefield Gardens--which boasted indoor plumbing for all 748 units, shops, a school and plenty of wide open green spaces for residents.
Between 1950 and 1980, IUPUI began building it's downtown campus in this area. And, as a result, many of the Black neighbors and businesses were displaced.
In 1969, Indiana University and Purdue University merged their many programs and schools in Indianapolis to create IUPUI. Today, IUPUI serves as Indiana’s premier urban public research university, with 21 schools and academic units which grant degrees in more than 200 programs from both Indiana University and Purdue University.
Its location within blocks of downtown Indianapolis facilitates advancement of research and teaching, and presents unique opportunities for internships, partnerships, community engagement, and more. IUPUI enrolls more than 30,000 students representing all 50 states and 122 countries.
Advocates have worked with the University to acknowledge the controversial history, while simultaneously celebrating the achievements of the University and rich Black history of the neighborhood.
Learn more about the Indiana Ave. and Stringtown neighborhoods.
ABOUT THE SPONSORS
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ABOUT THE CHARITABLE CAUSE
Each team’s charitable cause will be announced at the 2023 Signing Day.