Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, today announced it has awarded 7 grants totaling $189,812 to non-profit organizations serving youth in under-resourced communities in California, Florida, Missouri, Michigan and New York.
In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and improve health outcomes for children in under-resourced communities, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Non-profit organizations eligible to receive grant funding include those that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and programming that promotes healthy youth development.
“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to support organizations that are working to create equal access to safe places to play while leveraging the game of soccer to change health and social outcomes for youth,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We know, and evidence shows, that sport-based youth development is an effective tool to change the outcomes for youth and we are committed to harnessing the power of soccer to transform our communities.”
Seven awards were distributed this grant cycle as part of the Safe Places to Play program. The Safe Places to Play program seeks to build or enhance field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide safe places for children to play. Over the last two decades, the Foundation has helped create or improve hundreds of safe places for children nationwide, with projects including building new pitches, installing light fixtures and adding irrigation systems to fields in need. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve over 1,100 safe places for children nationwide.
Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including Hellas Construction, Kwik Goal, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, Soccer.com, and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has now awarded more than $100 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.
Summer 2015 Safe Places to Play Grant Recipients
- Albany Jewish Community Center (AJCC) – Albany, NY
- Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) – East Lansing, MI
- City of Encinitas – Encinitas, CA
- City of Maplewood – Maplewood, MO
- Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) – Los Angeles, CA
- Town of Medley – Medley, FL
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 $100 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.
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