If you are traveling to the World Cup – don’t forget to bring a second bag of soccer gear to donate! The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program has partnered with on-the-ground organizations in South Africa to ensure your equipment is going to a good cause. Check your airline’s baggage policies – some allow a free second bag!

If you’re wondering if Matthew Boden is a soccer fan, look no further than his dog. His name is Pelé. At age 13, Matthew is an eighth grader at Westland Middle School in Bethesda, MD and an active soccer player. When he’s not cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles, playing tennis, or watching ESPN, he is most likely competing with his friends on the MSI Soccer Classic team, the Firebolts.

MVP Health Care was looking to add something special to their summer KidPower Soccer Series last year to teach children about the importance of giving back while they learned about healthy lifestyles from one of the best in the game, Abby Wambach. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program proved to be the perfect fit and soon there were Passback equipment collections at each event.

Soccer in the Streets – an Atlanta-based non-profit group that develops soccer, educational and life-skills programs for children in disadvantaged urban communities across the nation – recently installed FieldTurf on a previously hard-surfaced field (originally built in 2003) to create a “Mini-Pitch” in the City of Sandy Springs, Ga., thanks to a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

All MLS and WPS soccer teams allocate at least one day in their busy schedules to participate in the Passback Program, but this year, two squads stood above the rest: the LA Galaxy (MLS) and the Chicago Red Stars (WPS).

Based in Rhode Island, Project GOAL’s mission is to facilitate the development of disadvantaged youth through after-school tutoring and soccer-related programs. The organization focuses on development through soccer with a main goal of establishing successful students rather than premiere athletes.

Ventimiglia and McKenna are just two examples of adults who are making a difference through Passback. Learn more about starting a collection of your own.

Wellwerts, a 17-year-old from McHenry, Ill., organized a Passback collection at the Libertyville Cup, held by the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association (GLSA) earlier this summer. Over a three-day collection period, he received 300 pieces of equipment.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the U.S., and Rubb Building Systems, worldwide leader in membrane-covered frame structures, today announced a multi-year partnership. Rubb joins the Foundation’s Partners Resource Center as its National Partner for Indoor Soccer Facility Structures.

Inspired by his passion for soccer, Jacob Wolf Price decided that in lieu of a traditional Jewish Bar Mitzvah he would celebrate his Jewish rite of passage by planning a community soccer event that raised more than $8,000 to benefit Hollywood Police Activities League (PAL). The event, coined the “Philanthro-party,” featured a scrimmage and a presentation of in-kind donations, including soccer balls, uniforms and safety equipment. Sponsors for the event were the U.S. Soccer Foundation, LA Galaxy, Fox Soccer Channel, The David Beckham Academy, Whole Foods, adidas and many more.