Washington, DC – The U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced it has awarded six grants to help build and enhance soccer play spaces in five communities across the country. The grants, totaling $103,183, are awarded as part of the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program and will fund project costs for design, construction, surfacing and other enhancements.
Summer 2017 grant recipients include:
- The Salvation Army – Pittstown, NJ*
- Dominos Soccer Club – Kansas City, MO
- City of Lake Wales – Lake Wales, FL
- Baker County School District – Macclenny, FL
- Marshalltown Parks and Recreation – Marshalltown, IA
*organization received two grants
“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is excited to support these local communities in their commitment to provide increased access to the game and create safe playing spaces,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “These grants will help provide needed recreational opportunities in the neighborhoods where our youth play and go to school.”
Across the United States children, especially those living in underserved communities, face an acute shortage of safe places to play largely because there isn’t enough space in which to create them or funding to maintain them. Safe Places to Play gives kids safe and accessible areas to play by transforming underutilized spaces into soccer fields.
Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including AstroTurf, Brock, Hunter Industries, Kwik Goal, Musco Sports Lighting, Soccer.com, and Sport Court.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.