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  • July 31, 2012

    Channeling Greatness Through Soccer for Success

    As the Olympics have come to a close and we consider all the accomplishments of the athletes we've witnessed over the last two weeks, the term "greatness" is often used to describe their performances. Nike's new ad "Find Your Greatness" features an overweight, 12-year old Nathan Sorrell who comes into focus only as he slowly jogs towards the camera down a deserted dirt road at dusk. Nike's message is simple; we can't all be elite athletes like the ones we've watched in the Olympics but we can all be great and inspire greatness through simple acts like running. The ad is impactful, no doubt, but the content has generated some debate and criticism. Specifically, critics are concerned that the ad exploits Nathan's condition and enables further stigmatism. Others believe that just getting up and running, as the ad suggests, won't solve the childhood obesity epidemic in our country and Nike's intentions are merely propagating this myth.

  • July 30, 2012

    2012 Soccer For Success National Coaches Training Recap

    The U.S. Soccer Foundation hosted the inaugural 2012 Soccer for Success National Coaches Training at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on July 27th through 29th. The event was an opportunity for coaches and program administrators from across the nation to learn the 2012-2013 Soccer for Success curriculum in order to properly execute the program for the children in their respective communities. Weekend sessions included on-field training, speakers, and workshops covering topics ranging from youth development to nutrition.

  • July 23, 2012

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Hosts Inaugural National Training for Soccer for Success Program

    The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, will host the inaugural 2012 Soccer for Success National Training at Georgetown University on July 27- 29, 2012. The 2012 Soccer for Success National Training will introduce over 150 new and seasoned Soccer for Success coaches to the new program curriculum for the 2012-2013 program year. Sessions and workshops at the event will focus on behavior management, nutrition and child safety. In addition, coaches will have the opportunity to participate in demonstrations of the curriculum in a live, on-the-field environment.

  • June 28, 2012

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards $40,000 in Grants to Support the Development of Fields Nationwide

    The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, announced on June 28, 2012 that it has awarded Planning Grants, totaling $40,000 in credit towards planning services from CHA Sports, to five non-profit organizations serving youth in urban, underserved areas. Since being established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $57 million to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

  • June 01, 2012

    War on Childhood Obesity Should Stop the Food Fight, Focus on Promoting Exercise

    Along with many other proponents of using exercise to create social change, I believe that childrenís health advocates intent on curbing childhood obesity must not only redouble their efforts with the food and beverage industry, but also spend considerably more time and resources promoting the benefits of physical activity for children. With strong evidence that distractions such as video games, cell phones and television are associated with childhood obesity, itís clear that encouraging more exercise needs to be a key part of the solution to this national epidemic.

  • May 14, 2012

    Children From the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success Program to Participate in Let's Move! Soccer Clinic with the LA Galaxy

    On Tuesday, May 15, twenty-six participants from the U.S. Soccer Foundationís Soccer for Success program will join First Lady Michelle Obama and MLS Cup champion, the LA Galaxy, for a soccer clinic on the South Lawn of the White House.

  • May 09, 2012

    U.S. Soccer Foundation and KIPP DC Unveil Renovated Bundy Athletic Field to Shaw Community

    The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, and KIPP DC, grant recipient of the U.S. Soccer Foundationís Annual Grants program, will hold an event to celebrate the grand opening of newly renovated Bundy Athletic Field. The latest field-building project in the District marks another milestone in the national expansion of the Soccer for Success program developed and run by the Foundation. At present, hundreds of children participate in Soccer for Success at 14 sites throughout the District. On a national level, the Foundation currently serves 8,000 children in eight cities with expansion plans to serve 15,000 children in 18 cities.

  • April 13, 2012

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Aims to Strengthen Non-Profit Organizations at Urban Soccer Symposium

    The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, will host the 6th annual Urban Soccer Symposium at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center on April 16-19, 2012.

  • April 10, 2012

    Claudio Reyna Foundation, Soccer Shots and the U.S. Soccer Foundation Unveil New Sport Court at Brick Avon Academy

    The Claudio Reyna Foundation, Soccer Shots and The U.S. Soccer Foundation will host an event to celebrate the grand opening of the new Sport Court at BRICK Avon Academy. Through the fundraising efforts of Soccer Shots, children at BRICK Avon Academy will have a place to learn the sport of soccer and participate in the U.S. Soccer Foundationís Soccer for Success program, in partnership with the Claudio Reyna Foundation. Soccer for Success is an after-school youth development program that provides children with a safe place to engage in physical activity, mentorship and nutrition education during the times when they are the most vulnerable to succumb to negative influences.

  • April 10, 2012

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Teams Up With the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

    The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, a division of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, have teamed up to provide free soccer programming to children in the metro Atlanta area. The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation will donate $250,000, over a period of five years, to the U.S. Soccer Foundationís Soccer for Success after-school youth development program. The program, which will be operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGMCA), will provide nearly 700 participants with 90 minutes of exercise, three days per week for 24 weeks.


Our Partners

  • 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

  • All Sports Enterprises, Inc.

    All Sports Enterprises, Inc. is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's preferred artificial turf supplier and installer. Whether you are building a new, or renovating an existing facility, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. has the materials and professional installation crews to outfit your entire complex. With over 30 different manufacturers to choose from, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. will assist you in selecting the right products for the right application. Its intallation crews are experienced, certified, and will work with you and your staff to make sure your project is a complete success.

  • 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

  • AstroTurf

    For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, - See more at:

  • 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

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • 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, 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.

  • MTJ Sports

    MTJ Sports is honored to be a corporate partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and its Safe Places To Play program. We believe in working with our customers as a true business partnership. We cultivate & drive healthy relationships through our core business values and provide premier turnkey services for sports surfaces & equipment from design & manufacturing all the way through the installation process. For more information please visit our website at or contact our president, Mats Jonmarker, directly via email at

  • 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, 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

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit Please contact Lauren Gillian at for any questions regarding Sport Court's corporate partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

  • Target

    Target announced a national partnership with Safe Spaces to Play in 2017, along with a 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, 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

    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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