U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards $2.4 Million in Grants to Support Soccer Programs and Field Building Initiatives Nationwide

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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 announced on February 3, 2012 that it awarded sixty grants totaling $2.4 million to non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth in twenty states.

Through the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2012 Annual Grants program, the Foundation strives to continue its mission of enhancing and growing the sport of soccer as well as improving the well-being of children in underserved areas. Grant awards support the programming and equipment needs of non-profit organizations that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and live a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to providing grants to support soccer programs, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded eighteen Synthetic Field Building grants to develop new FieldTurf soccer fields around the country. Supported by adidas, FieldTurf and MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, the Synthetic Field Building program provides safe places for children to play in at-risk communities.

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is honored to support initiatives that give children in underserved urban communities access to soccer programs that encourage positive physical and social development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “All children should have the opportunity to be involved with programs that promote active, healthy lifestyles and that provide an alternative to the many negative influences children face today.”

Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Annual Grants program is provided by the Foundation’s Corporate Partners’ Council, a cohort of soccer industry leaders including Eurosport, FieldTurf, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, PEVO Sports and Sport Court.

Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $55 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states.

The 2012 Program Grant Recipients

Algonquin Sports for Kids (Buffalo, NY)

America SCORES Chicago (Chicago, IL)

America SCORES New England (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Arcade Creek Recreation and Park District (Sacramento, CA)

Arvin Union School District (Arvin, CA)

Aurora Public School District – Adams Arapahoe (Aurora, CA)

Beyond Soccer, Inc. (Lawrence, MA)

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows (Reno, NV)

Challenged Athletes Dream Complex (Victoria, TX)

Challengers Boys & Girls Club (Los Angeles, CA)

Chattanooga Sports Ministries (Chattanooga, TN)

City and County of Denver – Parks and Recreation (Denver, CO)

City of Bell Gardens (Bell Gardens, CA)

City of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT)

City of Sanger (Sanger, CA)

City of Yuma Parks and Recreation (Yuma, AZ)

Clark Park Coalition (Detroit, MI)

Crew Soccer Foundation (Columbus, OH)

Downtown Soccer Club (Los Angeles, CA)

Hancock Soccer Association, Inc. (Findlay, OH)

Heart of Los Angeles Youth Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)

Helping Hand Rescue Mission (Philadelphia, PA)

Hollenbeck Police Activities League (Los Angeles, CA)

Kensington Soccer Club (Philadelphia, PA)

Kids in Sports (Los Angeles, CA)

KIPP DC (Washington, DC)

McFarland Parks and Recreation District (McFarland, CA)

Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center (Dorchester, MA)

Project GOAL Inc. (Providence, RI)

SEED School of Washington, D.C. (Washington, DC)

Soccer in the Streets (Atlanta, GA)

Soccer Sisters United, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA)

South Bronx United, Inc. (Bronx, NY)

Starfinder Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)

The JT Dorsey Foundation (Harrisburg, PA)

The Salvation Army – Red Shield Youth & Community Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Urban Initiatives, Inc. (Chicago, IL)

Urban Ministry Center (Charlotte, NC)

Washington Jesuit Academy (Washington, DC)

William Trippley Youth Development (Wallingford, PA)

 

The 2012 Synthetic Field Building Grant Recipients

Centennial Soccer Club and Columbia River United FA (Gresham, OR)

Charlotte Soccer Academy (Charlotte, NC)

Cincinnati United (Cincinnati, OH)

City of Bell Gardens (Bell Gardens, CA)

Encinitas Soccer League (Encinitas, CA)

Friends of Grant Athletics (Portland, OR)

Hawthorne Park District (Cicero, IL)

KIPP DC (Washington, DC)

Lehigh Valley United, F.C. (Whitehall, PA)

National Sports Center (Blaine, MN)

New Britain Parks and Recreation Department (New Britain, CT)

Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Inc. (Newburgh, NY)

Oakland Unified School District (Oakland, CA)

Rich May Foundation (Atherton, CA)

RYSL (Rochester, MI)

Take the Field (Chicago, IL)

United Neighborhood Organization (Chicago, IL)

Urban Ventures (Minneapolis, MN)

Westside Metros Soccer Club (Beaverton, OR) 

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 $55 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 positive behavior, healthy lifestyles, self-confidence and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors.

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  • adidas

    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 adidas.com.

  • APT

    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 www.sportsbyapt.com.

  • AstroTurf

    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, www.astroturf.com/soccer. – See more at: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/article/astroturf-partners-with-the-u.s.-soccer-foundation-as-a-national-partner-for-field-building-program#sthash.FL8E8bAM.dpuf

  • CHA

    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 chacompanies.com

  • The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

    The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

    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.

  • Hunter

    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 hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, lynda.wightman@hunterindustries.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grants program.

  • Johnson & Johnson

    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 www.jnj.com.

  • Kwik Goal

    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 Kwikgoal.com.

  • MLS WORKS

    MLS WORKS

    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.

  • Musco

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

  • SCORE Sports

    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 scoresports.com.

  • Soccer.com

    Soccer.com

    Soccer.com, 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. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.

  • Target

    Target

    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.

  • TGI Worldwide

    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 https://www.worldwidetgi.com or contact Mike Squire at msquire@worldwidetgi.com / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    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 www.worldsoccershop.com.

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