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1 Million Pieces of Soccer Equipment Redistributed Through Passback

1 Million Pieces of Soccer Equipment Redistributed Through Passback

Thanks to the many dedicated individuals, soccer clubs, and organizations we’ve reached 1 million pieces of redistributed soccer equipment through Passback! We could not have accomplished this milestone without you. Your generous donations have given new life to equipment stored in garages and locker rooms, and have provided the game to children who need it most. To commemorate this incredible milestone, we’re taking a look back to how it all started.

Almost 25 years ago Ole Holsti (George V. Allen Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Duke University) was given a request by his daughter, a Peace Corp volunteer in Malawi, to bring soccer balls on his visit to her as the kids were playing soccer without equipment. This simple request in 1991 was the point of inspiration for Mike Moylan, Founder of Sports EndeavorsSoccer.com and the team to build a program that passed along “used but still usable equipment” that was collecting dust in the closets and garages of American soccer families to underserved communities. Almost a decade later the idea served as the launch pad for a partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and through the hard work of countless staff and interns, the Passback program with the U.S. Soccer Foundation was born.

Today, thanks to YOU the Passback program is able to bring the game of soccer to children who love the sport, but don’t have the resources to play.

Let’s reach the next milestone – together!

For more information about the Passback program and how you can help redistribute the next million pieces - visit passback.org.

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Aha - January 10, 2019

Our organization has several brand new, never worn, various sizes soccer jerseys we would like to donate. I can send photos and sizes.

Dianna Fairhurst - September 26, 2018

Hi there, I am in Hastings, Minnesota. I work in a middle school and have some used soccer jerseys that we no longer are using. Is there someone who could pick up the jerseys? Thanks!

Ali - October 2, 2018

Hi, my name Chris Byrne, based in Kabwe, Zambia in Africa. I have about sixty boys and girls who have the passion to play soccer, but unfortunately I don't have the balls, boots, shine-pads, jerseys to help these kids. My aim is to help these kids not to fall into drug abuse by engaging them into playing soccer. I therefore, appeal to your organization to help me with soccer equipment. Thanks in advance. Email add: chrisxtianbyrne@mail.com. Mobile phone no: +260977 577 907 or +260955 577 907, P.O Box 81312, Kabwe, Zambia, Africa.

Chris Byrne - September 5, 2018

Hi - I'm located in Indianapolis, Indiana and would like to know how to donate soccer jerseys, socks and cleats? Thanks!

Julie Nahvi - May 1, 2019

Greetings. I have been deeply inspired and left in great awe of what you guys are doing out there to promote football and to help the most disadvantaged communities. I have also been left let wondering how Bweya Soccer Academy can be supported through this program. we are found in Uganda East Africa, an would love most to be partnering with you guys. Read more about us on Facebook: Bweya Soccer Academy. Blog: Bweya Soccer Academy.

Mukasa Naphtali Kisakye - May 17, 2019

I am the director of the Corporal Works of Mercy Ministry at St. Michael's Church in Poway, CA. We are providing a medical mission to a school in Santa Marta, Colombia that we support. The children there live for soccer and we would like to take some equipment with us on our trip in June. I am wondering how to apply for your program. Thanks so much!

Ana Alvord - March 13, 2019

Hello, My name is Paula Silveira i am from a cabo verde island I live in Boston MA. Me and my friends we just starting a Foundation to help kids from my town in fogo island Cabo verde with soccer supplies, because they love playing soccer it’s they passion, but they don’t have any resources, specially a soccer sneakers, I collected a couples of used sneakers from a family and friends to send to them so they can play because they don’t have shoes they walk barefoot. So I’m asking for help with soccer shoes and uniform if it’s possible. My email Paulacvus@yahoo.com Thank you

Paula silveira - April 8, 2019

I am the director of the Corporal Works of Mercy Ministry at St. Michael's Church in Poway, CA. We are providing a medical mission to a school in Santa Marta, Colombia that we support. The children there live for soccer and we would like to take some equipment with us on our trip in June. I am wondering how to apply for your program. Thanks so much!

Ana Alvord - March 13, 2019

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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.

  • 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

    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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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 mats@mtjsports.com.

  • Musco

    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

    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

    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 Lauren Gillian at lgillian@sportcourt.com for any questions regarding Sport Court's corporate partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

  • Target

    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

    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.

    For more information on our services, please visit https://www.worldwidetgi.com or contact Mike Squire at msquire@worldwidetgi.com / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • 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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