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U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS TO ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO COMBAT DECLINE IN TEEN SPORT PARTICIPATION AND EXPAND ACCESS TO SAFE PLAYING SPACES

The U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced it has awarded grants to four organizations that are working to address the alarming drop-off rate in teenage participation in sports. The grants will enable organizations to engage nearly 6,000 teenagers in current and new soccer programs. The U.S. Soccer Foundation also awarded grants to 10 organizations to build and enhance safe playing spaces. The field-building grants will allow access to safe playing spaces for 70,323 youth and adults.

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U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION AWARDS EIGHT GRANTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO SAFE SOCCER PLAY SPACES

The U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced it has awarded eight grants to help build and enhance soccer play spaces in eight communities across the country. The grants, totaling $358,010, 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. In total, the grants will allow access to safe playing spaces for nearly 40,000 youth and adults.

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U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES IT’S EVERYONE’S GAME, A NATIONAL EFFORT TO INCREASE ACCESS TO SOCCER PROGRAMMING

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is launching a national campaign, It’s Everyone’s Game, aimed at dramatically expanding its impact on children across the country through soccer-based programs. To kick off the campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club will announce their support for the initiative by committing to build 50 soccer play spaces in underserved neighborhoods in the next five years. The project is made possible by a $3 million gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund and a substantial contribution from the Hauptman family and Chicago Fire Soccer Club. In partnership with communities, municipalities and corporate partners across the country, the Foundation is pledging to reach one million children annually and build 1,000 soccer courts, called mini-pitches, by 2026.

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FIRST LADY MCCRAY, MAYOR’S FUND TO ADVANCE NYC, U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION, NEW YORK CITY FOOTBALL CLUB, ADIDAS AND ETIHAD AIRWAYS KICK-OFF OPENING OF FIRST TEN SOCCER FIELDS AS PART OF NEW YORK CITY SOCCER INITIATIVE

NEW YORK––First Lady Chirlane McCray, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships Gabrielle Fialkoff, and Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, were joined today by New York City Football Club players, community leaders, agency partners and philanthropic sponsors for a ribbon cutting at P.S. 083 Luis Munoz Rivera / P.S. 182 The Bilingual Bicultural School in Harlem to inaugurate the first ten new mini-soccer pitches across the City.

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