For One Week in April, the Soccer for Social Change Movement Takes Over DC

Washington, D.C. – From April 22nd to April 25th, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, will hold a series of events around Washington, D.C. to highlight the sport of soccer and its impact on youth in urban communities.

On April 24th, U.S. Soccer Foundation will make its mark in the Congressional event space. The inaugural Capital Soccer Classic, in partnership with POLITICO and presented by Johnson & Johnson, will take place from 4:00p – 8:00p at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. This event is a great opportunity to watch U.S. Soccer legends and Members of Congress join one cause in the name of soccer. Participants in the Capital Soccer Classic include:

  • Jürgen Klinsmann – Current Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team
  • Eddie Pope – former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team and D.C. United
  • Claudio Reyna – former captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team and current USSF US Youth Technical Director. His Foundation also runs our program, Soccer for Success, in Newark, NJ and NYC
  • Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak – Gold medalist and World Cup Champion with the U.S. Women’s National Team
  • Juergen Sommer – former member for the U.S. Men’s National team; also played in the FA Premier League 

Proceeds from the Classic will benefit the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program which operates in 20 cities nationwide, including the District, and aims to provide children in urban, underserved communities with soccer and nutrition education, free of charge. This is a must-attend event for fans of soccer and those who stand behind using sport for social change. More information about the Classic can be found here.

The Urban Soccer Symposium

As the leader in sports-based youth development, the Foundation will continue its work to share best practices and maximize impact at its 7th annual Urban Soccer Symposium. The Urban Soccer Symposium, the premier conference for urban soccer programmers, will take place at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center from April 22nd to April 25th.  The Symposium will feature interactive workshops and discussions tailored to meet the needs of those working in the sport-for-youth development industry. Keynote speakers at the Symposium include Claudio Reyna, former captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team and current USSF US Youth Technical Director and Cobi Jones, former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team and current Associate Director of Soccer for the New York Cosmos. Visit for more details about this year’s Symposium.

“Part of our responsibility as a foundation is to help strengthen other non-profit organizations that are using sport to improve health and social outcomes for children – particularly those growing up in underserved communities,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and ceo of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “This week in April is extremely important for us and the sports-based youth development movement. The more support the idea of “sport for social change” generates, the greater the impact we can have in children’s lives. We have to work together to help today’s youth – collaboration and teamwork is what this week is all about.”

For more information about the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please visit

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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 $59 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 to learn more.

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.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

    The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

    DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation believe that participation in sports makes people better. Since 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have pledged more than $100 million to support youth sports teams and leagues in need.  Through our Sports Matter initiative we strive to increase awareness for underfunded youth athletics nationwide and provide much-needed support through equipment, uniform and monetary donations. For more information on Sports Matter, visit

  • Kwik Goal

    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



    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.

  • 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 to learn more about the grant program and application process.

  • SCORE Sports

    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

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  • Target


    Target announced a national partnership with Safe Places to Play in 2017, along with a $6 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

    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.

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  • World Soccer Shop

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    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


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