U.S. Soccer Foundation Provides Free Soccer and Nutrition Lessons to Children in Underserved Urban Communities Nationwide

October 9, 2012

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, has launched the fall season of its soccer-based afterschool program, Soccer for Success. Soccer for Successis the Foundation’s nationally-recognized program that provides K-8 children in underserved urban communities with structured physical activity, nutrition education and mentorship at no cost to their families. Children in the program exercise for 90 minutes a day, at least three times per week, for 24 weeks in the academic year. 

Soccer for Success pairs soccer drills with nutrition education, both of which are taught by consistent, caring adults whose primary focus is to provide children with the opportunity to develop positive physical and social skills. In the 2011-2012 program year,Soccer for Successserved approximately 8,000 children in eight cities nationwide. With the support of the Social Innovation Fund, the Foundation will expand to serve approximately 15,000 children in 20 cities nationwide by the end of the 2012-2013 program year, which ends June 2013. The 2011-2012 program year was effective, with program sites reporting: 

  • Eighty-nine percent of participants in the overweight and obese categories decreased their Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Eighty-two percent of participants said they make healthier choices about food or drinks as a result of the program
  • Sixty-eight percent of participants said they like exercising more as a result of the program

 “With the help of the Social Innovation Fund, the 2012-2013 season of Soccer for Success will engage more children than ever before in a free afterschool program focused on their well-being,” says Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “The work being done in communities to provide opportunities for our children to lead healthy, active lives is critical to ensuring positive social change. I’m thrilled to start a new journey with our dedicated community partners and coaches nationwide to offer a platform for the changes we need in underserved areas.” 

For a complete list of cities and community partners implementingSoccer for Success, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.           

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has invested more than $57 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide underserved youth in urban communities with opportunities that promote education, healthy lifestyles, leadership and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors. 

Editor Note: For your understanding, we are a separate entity from USSF/US/U.S. Soccer. When referring to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please refer to it by its proper name.

Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit adidas.com.

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit www.sportsbyapt.com.

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit chacompanies.com

  • Hellas

    Hellas, the Foundation's National Partner of the Safe Places to Play program, is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis planning, installation and maintenance. To learn more about Hellas Construction, Inc. and their quality artificial surfaces for field sports, visit www.hellasconstruction.com

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, lynda.wightman@hunterindustries.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit Kwikgoal.com.

  • Musco

    Musco Lighting, the Foundation's National Partner for Sports Lighting, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years.  Musco’s newest innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment — operating costs are cut in half, spill light is reduced by 50%, and 100% of your maintenance costs are covered for 25 years. To request your free copy of Sports Lighting: Answers to 7 Common Questions, please visit www.musco.com. Please contact Mike Shindler at mike.shindler@musco.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Nike

    NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s National Partner for Athletic Apparel, supports the Foundation and its programs by providing Nike apparel to kids in underserved communities. Nike believes in the power of sport to unlock human potential and is committed to providing access to sport and physical activity  for kids to help set them up for success for life. For more information, please visit http://about.nike.com/pages/community-impact

  • Soccer.com

    Soccer.com, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit sportcourt.com. Please contact Joel McCausland at jmccausland@sportcourt.com for any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit www.worldsoccershop.com.

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