U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION TO RECEIVE FINE MONIES FROM MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER PLAYERS UNION
May 13, 2014
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, today announced it was selected to receive a portion of the 2013 Major League Soccer season fine monies from the Major League Soccer Players Union as a part of its Collective Bargaining Agreement with MLS to donate all fine monies collected from MLS players to a charity or charities of their choice. The Union’s fine money contribution will support the Foundation’s mini-pitch initiative within its Safe Places to Play program.
“We are honored to receive a portion of the 2013 fine monies from the Major League Soccer Players Union,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “These funds will greatly contribute to our mission to continue to help build mini-pitches for youth in underserved communities across the nation.”
The Safe Places to Play program provides grants to organizations to support the creation or enhancement of a field space in their respective communities. Recently, the Foundation has focused on the creation of mini-pitches or small fields, which are more conducive to play in urban areas that oftentimes lack available space for children to play the beautiful game. To date, the Foundation has helped create or enhance 1,000 play spaces nationwide.
“MLS players are proud to support and build upon our long-standing partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation,” said Bob Foose, Executive Director of the Major League Soccer Players Union. “We look forward to using this fine money to bolster the Foundation’s efforts to create safe places to play all across the United States.”
Last April, after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, the Union distributed a portion of the 2013 fine money to One Fund Boston. In addition to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Union selected four additional organizations to receive the balance of the 2013 fine monies, including the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund, the Kuykenstrong Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and You Can Play. For more information on the MLS Players Union and its recipients, please visit http://bit.ly/1isEABe.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation continues to serve as a leader in sports-based youth development, and is dedicated to using soccer as a vehicle for social change, especially in underserved communities. The Foundation also supports organizations that provide children with access to quality soccer programs and safe places to play. To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.
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 $60 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.
About the Major League Soccer Players Union
The Major League Soccer Players Union, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the exclusive bargaining representative for all Major League Soccer players. For more information about the Players Union, log on to its website at www.mlsplayers.org. For more information about this press release, contact Bob Foose at (301) 657-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (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, email@example.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.
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.
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 Joel McCausland at email@example.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.