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

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Media Contact: Krista Washington, kwashington@ussoccerfoundation.org, 202-872-6662

Washington, D.C. – 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 Foundation’s 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.

KIPP DC will implement the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s after-school program, Soccer for Success on Bundy Athletic Field this fall. They will join District program operators, YWCA National Capital Area and United for D.C., D.C. United’s charitable arm.

“We are very pleased to add another field to our hometown,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are particularly thrilled that KIPP DC is going to use this field to implement Soccer for Success — a program that provides children with physical activity, nutritional information to combat obesity and mentoring to develop important life skills. Our goal is to use soccer as a vehicle for youth development and social change in communities throughout the District and across the nation.”

“KIPP DC is excited about the renovated Bundy Athletic Field and is proud to be part of the Soccer for Success program,” said Susan Schaeffler, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KIPP DC. “This is a program which enriches the lives of everyone who takes part in it — the teachers, parents, coaches, and, most importantly – the students. By offering daily physical education classes and innovative after-school programming on a state-of-the-art field, we can create change in our community and impact the lives of children in the area.”

The Bundy Athletic Field opening event will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 1-3:30p.m. at the 400 block of P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Special guests include Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Susan Schaeffler, Founder and CEO of KIPP DC and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells.

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 $57 million in all 50 states. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide underserved youth in urban communities with opportunities that promote education, healthy lifestyles, leadership and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors.

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About KIPP DC
KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools in Washington, D.C. All KIPP DC schools are tuition-free, open enrollment schools, and actively recruit and serve students in the city’s most under-resourced communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts. Outstanding educators and staff, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. KIPP DC students receive an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects with an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and in life. Almost 100% of the student body is African American, and more than 80% qualify for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program. The KIPP DC network currently serves over 2,600 students at nine schools on three campuses in the District of Columbia, and will eventually serve over 3,400 students by 2015. For more information, visit www.kippdc.org.

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