December 2015 Newsletter

Our All-Star Supporters

Thank you 4The December 2015 All-Stars are you, our supporters! Thanks to your selfless dedication to our cause, together we were able to positively impact tens of thousands of children in underserved communities across the country in 2015. Check out our blog to see the significant impact you helped make in the lives of children and communities across the country!

Help us inspire more children, families, and communities in 2016 by being a game-changer and donating today. Follow this link to make a difference. We couldn’t do it without you!

Join Us for the Symposium’s 10th Anniversary!

Who’s ready to celebrate on March 11-14, 2016? Join us in Washington, DC as we celebrate “A Decade of Change” for the Urban Soccer Symposium’s 10th anniversary! Reserve your spot by registering today! Don’t wait too long- the early bird registration rate ends on February 15, 2016.

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Bridging the Gap

Our “Bridging the Gap” series focuses on the potential ways for large soccer clubs and grassroots organizations to work together to increase soccer-based youth development opportunities in underserved communities. You can help bridge the gap in your community by pledging to complete one “bridging the gap” action prior to the 2016 Urban Soccer Symposium. Follow this link to pledge and learn more about this collaborative effort.

Announcing New Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our latest grant recipients! We recently awarded 24 grants totaling $622,320 to non-profit organizations serving over 26,700 children nationwide. Follow this link to read more! Thanks to our corporate partners, including Hellas Construction, Kwik Goal, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, and Sport Court, for their support of our grant process.

Program Grant Recipients

  • Birmingham YMCA Youth Center – Birmingham, AL
  • Boston Parks & Recreation Department – Boston, MA
  • Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. – Cleveland, OH
  • Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy – Chattanooga, TN
  • East Baton Rouge Parish School System – Baton Rouge, LA
  • Fort Smith Express Soccer – Fort Smith, AR
  • Hebrew Education Society (HES) – Brooklyn, NY
  • International Minority Hub – Bedford, NH
  • Jamestown Community Center – San Francisco, CA
  • New Brunswick Tomorrow – New Brunswick, NJ
  • Oakland University – Rochester, MI
  • Peter & Paul Community Services – St. Louis, MO
  • Pure Game – Aliso Viejo, CA
  • San Antonio Sports – San Antonio, TX
  • SeaTac United – SeaTac, WA
  • Special Olympics Massachusetts – Marlboro, MA
  • Thunder Plus / Higher Ground Academy – St. Paul, MN
  • West End Health Center – Cincinnati, OH

Safe Places to Play Grant Recipients

  • Edwardsburg Sports Complex – Edwardsburg, MI
  • City of Vista – Vista, CA
  • City of West Covina – West Covina, CA
  • City of Indio – Indio, CA
  • City of Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon, NY
  • Sozo Sports of Central Washington – Yakima, WA

Learn more about our Program Grants and Safe Places to Play Grants here.

Golden Shoes Charity Campaign

Golden Shoes smallerNorman Koza Productions is conducting their first non-profit Golden Shoes Charity Campaign for the children and families that the U.S. Soccer Foundation serves. The campaign, which is named after Norman Koza Productions’ movie, Golden Shoes, will collect soccer equipment for Passback.

Learn more about the movie through this link, and see how you can you can collect equipment for Passback by following this link.



Join the U.S. Soccer Foundation in the movement to improve lives through soccer.

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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

  • APT


    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, 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

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson, the Foundation’s grant partner, is dedicated to supporting the next generation of female leaders by providing greater access to girls’ youth soccer programming in underserved communities nationwide. As the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson strives to create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. For more information, please 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

  •, the Foundation’s National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit




  • 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.

    For more information on our services, please visit or contact Mike Squire at / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    World Soccer Shop

    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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