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LOS ANGELES (November 16, 2021) ‒ Today, Angel City Football Club (ACFC) announced Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel as the team’s official casino partner. With this sponsorship, Yaamava’ and ACFC will support the youth of the Inland Empire region of Southern California through a series of soccer camps that will help promote physical activity and education.

“Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel is delighted to announce our partnership with Angel City Football Club,” said Rikki Tanenbaum, Chief Operating Officer for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “The Tribe partners with organizations that share its values, and ACFC’s mission to strengthen our Southern California communities through the empowerment of youth and greater inclusivity is one that resonates with us deeply.”

"Our partnership with Yaamava' is a long-anticipated announcement, and we are proud to welcome them as a founding partner,” said ACFC Head of Revenue Jessica Smith. “Our goal at Angel City is to make an impact that spreads far and wide across the vast region within and adjacent to Los Angeles. With Yaamava', we are expanding our footprint of community impact to the Inland Empire, starting with our one-of-a-kind youth clinics.” 

Because of our shared values and commitment to strengthening our communities, Yaamava’ and ACFC will activate the Angel City Sponsorship Model, structured for every team partner to make a charitable impact in the Inland Empire. In addition to the camps, our collective impact will include hosting a local Inland Empire Youth Team to an ACFC VIP game experience starting in the club’s inaugural 2022 season.

ACFC’s community coaches will run a soccer clinic for 150 youth players, ages 7-14, in San Bernardino. With a focus on the local schools in which most children qualify for free or reduced lunches, ACFC and Yaamava’ will deliver a unique combination of soccer training and personal development for all participants.  In addition to the clinic itself, ACFC will donate new soccer equipment, including balls and pinnies, to a local sports program. 


Angel City Football Club (ACFC), the 11th member of the National Women's Soccer League, will take the pitch in Spring 2022 and call Banc of California Stadium in downtown Los Angeles their home. The team is founded by Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman, media and gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, and venture capitalist, 776 founder and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.  Freya Coombe will lead the team as the first-ever head coach and US Women’s National Team star, and LA-native Christen Press is the team’s first signing. Learn more about ACFC at www.angelcity.com and follow the team on social media @weareangelcity. 


San Manuel Casino is now Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel. Phase 1 of the expansion features expanded casino space, bars, retail and a brand-new casual restaurant, Serrano Vista Cafe. The luxury resort will debut in December 2021 with the addition of a 17-floor hotel tower featuring 432 guest rooms and suites, an elevated pool deck experience, a lavish full-service spa and salon, expanded dining options, and convenient 24-hour in-room dining. Millions of visitors each year will soon be able to enjoy a premier “stay and play” experience with more than 6,500 slots, five high-limit gaming rooms, incredible entertainment, a full array of dining options, and a generous player’s reward program.

The San Manuel Entertainment Authority (“SMEA”) wholly owns and operates Yaamava’ Resort & Casino. Located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles in the city of Highland, Calif., the casino resort offers sweeping views of the San Bernardino Mountains. In 2021, San Manuel Casino and San Manuel Tribal Government Operations were certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the global authority on workplace culture.