Meredith McClure, U.S. Soccer Foundation, 202-872-6662, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Sliefert, Toro, 952-887-7107, email@example.com
For Immediate Release
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Toro is proud to announce that it has renewed its agreement with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Toro will continue to be a member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Partners Resource Center as the official supporter for turfgrass maintenance equipment.
As part of the Partners Resource Center, Toro will support the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s mission to provide children in economically disadvantaged communities with easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that enhance their physical and personal development. Toro will provide support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Annual Grants Program, share its expertise in turfgrass maintenance equipment with grantees and community partners, as well as offer discounts to U.S. Soccer Foundation grantee applicants on Toro products.
“This partnership will be an excellent opportunity to help general playability and safety of sports fields around the country by providing community partners with significant discounts toward the purchase of products such as mowing equipment, utility vehicles, aerators, line painting equipment and field marking paint,” said Paula Sliefert, senior marketing manager for Toro’s sports fields and grounds business. “Through this partnership, Toro supports giving young people from diverse backgrounds access to the sport of soccer, played on well maintained turf.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Toro, a marketplace industry leader,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We view soccer as a powerful vehicle for social change and focus our efforts on programs and projects that improve the health and well-being of children in vulnerable communities. Having Toro as a partner will enable us to provide children with more opportunities and safer places to play.”
For more information on Toro equipment and parts, visit www.toro.com, contact your local Toro distributor at 800-803-8676, or write to Toro Commercial Equipment at 8111 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55420.
About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of turf and landscape maintenance equipment, and precision irrigation systems. With sales of more than $1.5 billion in fiscal 2009, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 140 countries through its reputation of world-class service, innovation and turf expertise. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has invested more than $51 million, supporting hundreds of projects in every state. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide low income and at-risk youth in urban communities with soccer programs that promote education, healthy lifestyles, leadership and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors. For more information, or to donate online, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.