U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION KICKS OFF 2014-2015 SOCCER FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM YEAR
October 20, 2014
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced today that it has kicked off the 2014-2015 season of Soccer for Success in more than 30 cities across the country. Soccer for Success is a free afterschool sports-based, youth development program created by the U.S. Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to improve the health and behavioral outcomes for children in underserved, urban communities.
The Soccer for Success program targets some of the country’s most underserved communities, serving children ages 6-14, and providing them with free afterschool programming three times per week for the entire school year. Soccer for Success programs strive to provide a fun and efficient way to help improve a child’s overall health by increasing his/her strength, agility and endurance, while also incorporating healthy, nutritional education. In addition, the programs guide youth away from negative influences such as gangs and violence by providing them with safe places to play during after school hours, which gives them the ultimate opportunity to work with dedicated coach-mentors and develop important life skills.
“Soccer for Success is an innovative program that has been proven to positively impact youth in underserved communities,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are committed to using our game to help children develop healthy active lifestyles, build character and strengthen life skills that provide the foundation for productive and successful lives.”
The U.S. Soccer Foundation will serve close to 30,000 participants in the Soccer for Success program with the support of over 30 community-based organizations in more than 30 cities, with at least 7 new locations in 2014. The program employs approximately 1,400 coaches who serve as mentors invested in the successful development of the Soccer for Success participants.
To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Soccer for Success program, please visit https://ussoccerfoundation.org/our-programs/soccer-for-success.
Soccer for Success Markets & Programs
Atlanta, GA - Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Boston, MA - America SCORES Boston
Buffalo, NY - Independent Health Foundation
Camden, NJ - YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties
Chester, PA - Chester Upland Soccer for Success
Chicago, IL - Illinois Youth Soccer Association
Dallas, TX - Mercy Street - *NEW IN 2014
Dayton, OH - YMCA of Greater Dayton
Denver, CO - Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
Detroit, MI - Detroit PAL
El Monte, CA - El Monte Community Building Initiative (CBI)
Houston, TX - Houston Parks and Recreation Department
Kansas City, MO - Mattie Rhodes Center | The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City | Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA - Brotherhood Crusade
Miami, FL - YMCA of Greater Miami & Belafonte Tacolcy Center
Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Urban Soccer Collaborative
Nashville, TN - Ultimate Goal Ministries - *NEW IN 2014
New Orleans, LA - First Line Schools – *NEW IN 2014
New York City, NY - NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
Philadelphia, PA - J.T. Dorsey Foundation
Portland, OR - A.C. Portland
Providence, RI - Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence - *NEW IN 2014
Raleigh, NC - Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County
Ridgeland, MS - Scientific Research (SR1) - *NEW IN 2014
San Diego, CA - San Diego After-School All-Stars - *NEW IN 2014
San Francisco, CA - America SCORES Bay Area
Seattle, WA - Washington Youth Soccer
Spartanburg, SC - City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department - *NEW IN 2014
Tempe, AZ - Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley - *NEW IN 2014
Trenton, NJ - Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County
Washington, DC - United Soccer Club (United for D.C.) and DC SCORES
Woodbridge, VA - Prince William Soccer
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $100 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit https://ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
U.S. Soccer Foundation
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.
All Sports Enterprises, Inc.
All Sports Enterprises, Inc. is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's preferred artificial turf supplier and installer. Whether you are building a new, or renovating an existing facility, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. has the materials and professional installation crews to outfit your entire complex. With over 30 different manufacturers to choose from, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. will assist you in selecting the right products for the right application. Its intallation crews are experienced, certified, and will work with you and your staff to make sure your project is a complete success.
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.
For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, www.astroturf.com/soccer. - See more at: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/article/astroturf-partners-with-the-u.s.-soccer-foundation-as-a-national-partner-for-field-building-program#sthash.FL8E8bAM.dpuf
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson, the Foundation’s grant partner, is dedicated to supporting the next generation of female leaders by providing greater access to girls’ youth soccer programming in underserved communities nationwide. As the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson strives to create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. For more information, please visit www.jnj.com.
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.
MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our games by executing national programs and legacy projects, charitable giving campaigns, and undertaking various initiatives in underserved communities.
MTJ Sports is honored to be a corporate partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and its Safe Places To Play program. We believe in working with our customers as a true business partnership. We cultivate & drive healthy relationships through our core business values and provide premier turnkey services for sports surfaces & equipment from design & manufacturing all the way through the installation process. For more information please visit our website at www.mtjsports.com or contact our president, Mats Jonmarker, directly via email at email@example.com.
As a proud corporate partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco is dedicated to helping the major charitable arm of American soccer create new opportunities through high-quality sports lighting. Their Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology is engineered as a system with lighting, structural, and electrical components designed to work together for streamlined installation and long-term reliability. TLC for LED delivers superior field lighting while eliminating glare and spill from impacting surrounding neighborhoods. And Musco’s long-term warranty covering parts and labor means U.S. Soccer Foundation partners don’t have to handle any maintenance on their system, or pay for it, for 25 years. Visit https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.
SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit scoresports.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®, 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 Lauren Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding Sport Court's corporate partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
Target announced a national partnership with Safe Spaces to Play in 2017, along with a million commitment to build 100 new soccer play spaces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation by 2020. This is the latest initiative in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s multi-dimensional approach to the sport of soccer, bringing the game to more kids and families across the country, and unlocking access and increasing involvement at all levels.
TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.
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.