U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards $2.5 M in Grants to Support Programming and Field Building Projects Nationwide

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U.S. Soccer Foundation, Meredith McClure, 202.872.6662, mmcclure@ussoccerfoundation.org

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, announced today that it awarded 63 grants totaling $2.5 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in 30 states.

The 2011 grant awards reflect the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s focus on improving the health and well being of children in underserved communities. The awards will support programming, coaching and equipment for players and the construction of safe playing fields that will facilitate the continued growth of soccer in the United States.

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to support each of these projects that keep our youth active, healthy and engaged in activities that provide a positive alternative to negative influences,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO. “By supporting the development of programs and safe playing fields, we help ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.”

The Foundation is grateful for the support provided by members of its Partners Resource Center, a team of soccer industry leaders that includes Eurosport, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, The Toro Company, and Sport Court.

The Foundation awarded 17 Footprint Field Grants to develop new FieldTurf soccer fields in communities across the country. The Footprint Fields program, supported by adidas, FieldTurf and MLS W.OR.K.S, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initaitve, is aimed at growing the game of soccer and providing safe, sustainable playing spaces in underserved communities.

Since its inception, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $54 million to groups, both large and small, in all 50 states.

The 2011 Program and Field Grants

  • America SCORES (New York, NY)
  • Blackhills Community Soccer Complex (Tumwater, WA)
  • Breakaway College Access Project (Freedom, CA)
  • Canoga Park High School (Canoga Park, CA)
  • Carlisle Soccer Club (Carlisle, IA)
  • Central California Blues (Bakersfield, CA)
  • Central Delaware Soccer Association (Dover, DE)
  • Charter School of Applied Technologies (Buffalo, NY)
  • City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department (Columbia, SC)
  • City of Independence Parks and Recreation (Independence, MO)
  • City of Miami, Florida (Miami, FL)
  • City of North Miami (North Miami, FL)
  • City of Orange Cove (Orange Cove, CA)
  • City of San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)
  • City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department (Santa Maria, CA)
  • Clarkston Community Center (Clarkston, GA)
  • EdVantages (Columbus, OH)
  • Fairfax County Park Authority (Fairfax, VA)
  • First Chernomorets USA, Inc (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Friends of New Orleans Recreation Department (New Orleans, LA)
  • Help USA (New York, NY)
  • Highland Park Commons (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect (HACAN) (Fairfax, VA)
  • John Avery Boys and Girls Club (Durham, NC)
  • Jovenes Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Kleberg County Parks & Recreation (Kingsville, TX)
  • Lighthouse Community Charter School (Oakland, CA)
  • Mattie Rhodes Center (Kansas City, MO)
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Miami, FL)
  • Nether Providence Athletic Assoc. Soccer (Media, PA)
  • New Britain Parks and Recreation Department (New Britain, CT)
  • NorthStar Soccer Club (Birmingham, AL)
  • Notah Begay III Foundation (Santa Ana Pueblo, NM)
  • Omaha Housing Authority Foundation, Inc. (Omaha, NE)
  • Palmetto United Futbol Club (Fort Mill, SC)
  • Parker School (Kamuela, HI)
  • San Francisco Recreation and Park Dept (San Francisco, CA)
  • Stonestown Family YMCA (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Sanneh Foundation (Eden Prairie, MN)
  • Think Detroit Police Athletic League, Inc. (Detroit, MI)
  • Ultimate Goal Ministries (Nashville, TN)
  • Washington Youth Soccer (Federal Way, WA)
  • Windsor Locks Public Schools (Windsor Locks, CT)
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond (Richmond, VA)
  • YMCA of Southern West Virginia Inc. (Beckley, WV)
  • Youth Speak Collective (Pacoima, CA)

2011 Footprint Fields Grant Recipients:

  • Chicago Public Schools (Chicago, IL)
  • City of San Bruno (San Bruno, CA)
  • Concordia University – Portland (Portland, OR)
  • Cordova Recreation and Park District (Rancho Cordova, CA)
  • Enlace Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Indiana University – Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Kansas City Soccer Foundation (Kansas City, MO)
  • Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (Madison, WI)
  • Michigan Wolves (Detroit, MI)
  • Northside Independent School District (San Antonio, TX)
  • Parkways Foundation (Chicago, IL)
  • Salt Lake City Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (Newark, NJ)
  • The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division (Chicago, IL)
  • Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (Beaverton, OR)
  • West Aurora High School (Aurora, IL)
  • Widener University (Chester, PA)

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 $54 million, supporting projects in each of the 50 states. 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 ussoccerfoundation.org/donate.

Media Request: When referring to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, please refer to the organization only as the U.S. Soccer Foundation or the Soccer Foundation, and never as USSF or US/U.S. Soccer. We appreciate your cooperation.

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  • 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 (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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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


    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, 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 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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