U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards $2.62 M in Grants for 2010

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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 $2.62 million in funds available to 36 groups in 18 states and the District of Columbia as part of its 16th annual grants program.

The 2010 grants continue the Soccer Foundation’s focus on improving the health and well being of children in urban economically disadvantaged areas using soccer as a vehicle for social change. The grants will help pay for field development, uniforms, player equipment, travel costs, facility rental, registration costs, and training for players, coaches and referees.

Four grants were awarded as part of the Soccer Foundation’s “Soccer for Success” program to groups in Los Angeles, CA, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, and Houston, TX. These multi-year grants are focused on providing free after-school soccer programming to thousands of children in grades K-8, giving them a safe environment to get the exercise they need every day.

This year, as part of the “Footprint Fields” program the Foundation awarded nine field grants for the construction of FieldTurf soccer fields that are durable, and can be used in all weather conditions. “Footprint Fields” is a national program launched in July 2009 by adidas, FieldTurf and MLS W.O.R.K.S. to help develop soccer fields in underprivileged neighborhoods.

“The Foundation supports projects that focus on keeping kids active, healthy and engaged in programs that provide an alternative to negative influences,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are thrilled to award these Grants to programs that use soccer to foster a child’s development as both an athlete on the field of play and in the game of life. We are committed to making sure each child has opportunities to succeed.”

Through its history, the Foundation has made nearly $51 million available to groups in all 50 states to support the growth of soccer in the U.S. Since the first grants were awarded in the spring of 1995, the Foundation has issued over 600 grants to groups large and small in every corner of the nation.

The 2010 Soccer for Success Grant Recipients:

  • Cal South (Los Angeles, CA)
  • United for D.C. (Washington, D.C.)
  • Illinois Youth Soccer (Chicago, IL)
  • Houston Parks and Recreation Department (Houston, TX)

The 2010 Program and Field Enhancement Grant Recipients:

 

  • Champions For Our Community, Inc. (Springdale, AR)
  • El Centro Police Activities League (El Centro, CA)
  • Imperial County Office of Education (El Centro, CA)
  • Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) (Los Angeles, CA)
  • LA Red Shield (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Youth Policy Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Youth Speak Collective (Pacoima, CA)
  • City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services (San Bernardino, CA)
  • Resource Center for Nonviolence (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • James Irwin Charter Schools (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Board of Parks Commissioners/City of New Haven, Department of Parks, Recreation &
  • Trees (New Haven, CT)
  • YMCA of Coastal Georgia (Savannah, GA)
  • Town of Yorktown, Indiana (Yorktown, IN)
  • The Friends of Patterson Park (Baltimore, MD)
  • Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) (Minneapolis, MN)
  • City of Rocky Mount Parks & Rec. (Rocky Mount, NC)
  • National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association Foundation Fund (Cape May , NJ)
  • First Chernomorets USA, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Cardinal Stritch High School/Kateri Catholic School System (Oregon, OH)
  • The JT Dorsey Foundation (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Kennett Area Park Authority (Kennett Square, PA)
  • City of El Paso (El Paso, TX)

2010 Footprint Fields Grant Recipients:

  • City of Huntington Park (Huntington Park, CA)
  • Columbus Crew Soccer Foundation (Columbus, OH)
  • Academy for Urban School Leadership (Chicago, IL)
  • Chicago Fire Foundation (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Southern Maine (Gorham, ME)
  • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation (Saint Paul, MN)
  • The City of Albany (Albany, NY)
  • The Salvation Army of Greenville County Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Greenville, SC)
  • Houston Parks Board (Houston, TX)

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 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

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.

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.

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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