Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday March 26th, twenty-five participants from the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 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.
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s after-school, sports-based youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and provides nutrition education and mentorship to children in urban underserved communities. The U.S. Soccer Foundation currently runs Soccer for Success in 20 major U.S. cities and serves approximately 12,000 children. By the summer of 2013, Soccer for Success will serve approximately 16,000 children nationwide.
Youth participants in the Let’s Move! soccer clinic are from the Soccer for Success program in Philadelphia, PA, operated in partnership with the JT Dorsey Foundation.
“We are excited for the opportunity to bring our Soccer for Success participants to Washington, DC and the White House,” said Krista Washington, marketing and communications coordinator for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are honored that the Let’s Move! campaign recognizes our work and the value we place on improving the well-being of children through physical activity and nutrition education. I can’t wait to see the kids’ smiling faces on the lawn!”
“With the help of Crystal Lowery, Better Tomorrow’s Social Services Coordinator at Regency Park, Amy O’Grady, the head coach and coordinator of the Soccer for Success Program, and the entire staff at Regency, we have used the game of soccer to positively influence the lives of the participants and help them change their attitudes towards academic excellence, living health lifestyles, and their ability to make positive sustainable changes in their world,” said JT Dorsey, executive director of the JT Dorsey Foundation. “And, although there is still so much more we need to do to ensure these young people a positive, healthy future, the work we have done to date has not gone unnoticed, and we are thrilled to provide the children of Regency Park with this once in a life-time opportunity to meet President Obama.”
For more information about Soccer for Success, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org/soccerforsuccess.
TUESDAY, March 26, 2013
1:35 PM EDT: The President’s Remarks Honoring the MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy and Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings
Media Coverage: The President’s remarks honoring the Galaxy and Kings will be open to pre-credentialed press.
Media wishing to cover the President’s remarks must contact email@example.com before 5 PM ET/2 PM PT Monday, March 25. NOTE: Members of the media who do not have a White House hard pass must also submit their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of birth, country of citizenship and current city and state of residence. If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details.
2:30PM EDT: Let’s Move! Clinic with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Los Angeles Kings
Media Coverage: The President’s remarks honoring the Kings and Galaxy and the teams’ Let’s Move! clinic are open to pre-credentialed press.
Media wishing to cover either or both events must contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 PM ET/2 PM PT Monday, March 25. NOTE: Please specify which event(s) you would like to attend in your email. Members of the media who do not have a White House hard pass must also submit their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of birth, country of citizenship and current city and state of residence. If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $59 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
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