U.S. NATIONAL TEQBALL FEDERATION TEAMS UP WITH U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO SPORTS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. National Teqball Federation (USNTF) and the U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced a new, two-year partnership aimed at increasing access to sports opportunities for children living in underserved communities. As part of the partnership, the U.S. National Teqball Federation will donate 100 Teqball tables annually that will be distributed to U.S. Soccer Foundation nonprofit partners to provide additional play opportunities. Teqball will also make a financial donation to the U.S. Soccer Foundation to support the expansion of its proven programs.

“We’re excited for the U.S. National Teqball Federation to join our family of supporters invested in improving the lives of children living in underserved communities through sport,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “The donation of these tables and financial support will provide more opportunities for children to learn critical life skills like teamwork and perseverance that help them grow on and off the pitch.”

This partnership is part of USNTF’s corporate social responsibility efforts to build a brighter and better world. Through its CSR efforts, USNTF aims to use play and sport to help achieve larger goals including disease prevention, increased school attendance, and skill development that promotes employment and economic development.

“The U.S. National Teqball Federation is excited to partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation in this joint venture to provide personal growth and play opportunities for kids and adults across the United States through the sport of Teqball,” said Ajay Nwosu, President of the U.S. National Teqball Federation. “On a global level, Teqball’s values have always been rooted in service and uplifting communities through the joy of sport, and that mission has been echoed in our strategy around the introduction and inclusion of Teqball in cities and communities across the United States. Partnering with a standout organization like the U.S. Soccer Foundation has given us a great platform to execute our goal of leaving a lasting and positive effect in underserved communities on a national level.”

Teqball is a football-based sport, played on a specially curved table (called the Teqball table), which is attracting a new generation of athletes and amateur enthusiasts to develop their technical skills, concentration, and stamina. The sport, which was invented in Budapest, Hungary, is a gender-equitable game, as the rules define that Teqball shall be played between two or four players, irrespective of gender. The sport follows a points-based scoring format and can be played on various surfaces.

For more than twenty-five years, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s evidence-based programs and the coach-mentors who run them, have been nurturing children’s personal growth while providing underserved communities with safer places to play. The U.S. Soccer Foundation aims to engage 1 million children in its programs and create 1,000 new mini-pitches by 2026. To date, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has engaged more than 300,000 children in its programs and installed more than 380 mini-pitches. To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s efforts, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.

ABOUT U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION
The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT THE U.S. NATIONAL TEQBALL FEDERATION
The U.S. National Teqball Federation’s is a 501(c)(3) organization with a value driven mission centered around inclusion and the grassroots introduction of Teqball to cities, towns and communities across the United States. By offering kids and adults the chance to play and embrace the sport of Teqball, the U.S. National Teqball Federation helps to foster a healthy lifestyle, personal growth, and inclusion for all.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jennifer Arnold, U.S. Soccer Foundation
jarnold@ussoccerfoundation.org; 202-872-6662

Daniel Szabo, U.S. National Teqball Federation
Info@teqballus.com; 310-433-9791

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    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 adidas.com.

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    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 www.sportsbyapt.com.

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    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 chacompanies.com

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    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 SportsMatter.org.

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    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 www.jnj.com.

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    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 Kwikgoal.com.

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    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 https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.

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    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 scoresports.com.

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    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.

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    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 www.worldsoccershop.com.

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