Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the national model for sports-based youth development programs in underserved communities, today announced it was selected to receive a portion of the 2015 fine money from the MLS Players Union. The Union’s contribution will support the mini-pitch initiative, part of the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program.
The Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program gives kids safe and accessible places to play by funding field-building and enhancement projects in underserved communities. In communities where space is at a premium, the Foundation developed the mini-pitch. These small customized areas are perfectly suited for organized soccer programs or pick-up games.
In addition to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Union selected four additional organizations to receive the balance of the 2015 fine money: The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, GLSEN, the Starfinder Foundation and Urban Initiatives.
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 https://www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.
About the Major League Soccer Players Union
The Major League Soccer Players Union, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the exclusive bargaining representative for all Major League Soccer players. For more information about the Players Union, log on to its website at www.mslplayers.org.