FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, and POLITICO, the country’s dominant political news source, announced today their partnership for the inaugural Capital Soccer Classic to be held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
The premier soccer event, presented by Johnson & Johnson, will include a youth clinic as well as a series of games featuring members of Congress, including the bipartisan Congressional Soccer Caucus; other government officials; media celebrities; and former U.S. Soccer players, including John Harkes, Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.
“We’re excited to partner with POLITICO for this event,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Having government officials, legendary soccer players and youth together playing soccer captures the essence of Washington and the Foundation in an innovative way.”
The charity event benefits Soccer for Success, the Foundation’s free soccer-based afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities. The Classic is the first official charity soccer event designed to include different branches of the government and other Washington figures.
“This event offers Washington a great opportunity to work together – concentrating on a different type of “goal” for the day,” said POLITICO Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley. “POLITICO is thrilled to be working with the Foundation to put on an entertaining event with a great cause.”
The Capital Soccer Classic will be held at Gallaudet University and attendance is free and open to the public. For information on registering for the youth clinic or participating in the games, please visit POLITICO.com/events.
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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 http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.