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Washington, D.C. – On March 7, 2012 the U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded a $200,000 Social Innovation Fund Sub-Grant over two years to Washington Youth Soccer to support the implementation of Soccer for Success, the Foundation’s after-school, sports-based youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and provides nutrition education and mentorship to children in at-risk communities.
In August 2011, the U.S. Soccer Foundation received a grant from the prestigious 2011 Social Innovation Fund, on behalf of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to support programs that promote healthy lifestyles and reduce obesity rates for children in urban, underserved communities. The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, was one of five intermediaries to receive this award.
In 2012, the Soccer for Success program will expand to serve thirteen cities and over 12,000 children, as a result of the award the Foundation received from the Social Innovation Fund. Washington Youth Soccer was one of thirteen organizations to receive this Sub-Grant.
“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to receive an award from the Social Innovation Fund to expand the Soccer for Success national footprint,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO. “We believe that Soccer for Success is an innovative program that can make a positive impact on youth. We are happy to assist organizations that are committed to improving the well-being of children in at-risk communities using soccer.”
“As a parent and former educator, I consider it a top priority to provide our children with the tools to make smart nutritional choices that will give them the energy to engage and be active,” said Senator Murray. “The threat of childhood obesity to the health of our children and the health of our nation has never been greater and I applaud the Washington Youth Soccer Association for encouraging Seattle’s youth to get off the sidelines and into the game.”
Rep. Reichert said, “I’m proud to join the U.S. Soccer Foundation in recognizing the important work of the Washington Youth Soccer Association to promote active, healthy, and safe lifestyles for youth across our state. This grant will enable the Association to continue its Soccer for Success program. As Co-Chair of the Soccer Caucus, I know very well the benefits that after school, sports-based programs like this provide to at-risk youth and congratulate them on their continued success improving kids’ lives.”
The Social Innovation Fund requires that each federal dollar granted be matched by the intermediaries and again by the organizations selected to receive a Sub-Grant. Sub-Grantees will begin implementing Soccer for Success in Fall/Winter 2012.
2012 Social Innovation Fund Sub-Grantees
Boys and Girls Club of Camden County (Camden, NJ)
Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
Boys and Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County (Trenton, NJ)
Brotherhood Crusade (Los Angeles, CA)
Colorado Fusion Soccer Club (Denver, CO)
DC SCORES (Washington, DC)
El Monte Community Building Initiative (CBI) (El Monte, CA)
Houston Parks & Recreation Department (Houston, TX)
Independent Health Foundation (Buffalo, NY)
Think Detroit Police Athletic League (Detroit, MI)
Washington Youth Soccer Association (Seattle, WA)
Widener University (Chester, PA)
YMCA of Greater Dayton (Dayton, OH)
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
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