November 2015 Newsletter


Last Day for Presentation Proposals!

Urban Soccer Symposium

All presentation proposals for the 2016 Urban Soccer Symposium are due by 11:59 PM EST tonight! We would love to hear from you, so please reflect on your work and consider presenting in front of sports-based youth development professionals. Follow this link to learn more and to submit your proposal.

Register for the Urban Soccer Symposium here.


#GivingTuesday is Tomorrow!
Giving Tuesday Save the Date

This year, we are participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. We encourage you to join the movement and visit to learn more about how you can make a difference. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and share your support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation with your friends and family!


Soccer for Success Applications

Is your organization interested in being a community partner and implementing our national evidence-based program, Soccer for Success, in your community? We are accepting applications to operate the program locally beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. All applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on December 18, 2015. Follow this link for more information.


November All-Stars

Our November All-Stars are Sarah Pickens and Shaina Ross! They are two members of the U.S. Soccer Foundation team who are hard at work planning the Urban Soccer Symposium. Check out their blog post for the first-look at the 2016 Symposium’s exciting theme and the story behind it!

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In the Spotlight
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Once the excitement of a new school year fades, it can be tough to keep students motivated. But we’ve learned that when students feel their best, they tend to do their best work. The Social Innovation Fund, a project of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) supports a number of programs that aim to keep students doing and feeling their best throughout the year – including ours. We are proud to be among the grantees featured in this month’s Social Innovation Fund Spotlight, which highlights organizations that keep students healthy, in-school, and pushing towards new goals. Read more in the feature. Spotlight on: Keeping Students Motivated and Healthy

Join the March!
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Do you have extra soccer equipment that you’d like to put to good use? We’re collecting and redistributing new and gently-used soccer equipment to kids in underserved communities through our Passback program. Our goal is to redistribute 1 million pieces by the end of 2015, so follow this link to help us reach our goal and join our #Marchto1Million!

TAG: Think, Act Grow

Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow, or TAG for short, is a national call to action to improve adolescent health in the U.S. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health, TAG is a comprehensive, strengths-based approach to adolescent health. TAG calls on all professionals working with young people, families, and teens to take steps to improve adolescent health and healthy development. Learn more about TAG and how you can act to improve adolescent health today by downloading the TAG Playbook at



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

  • 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

  • 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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