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Washington, D.C. – On March 7, 2012 the U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded a $300,000 Social Innovation Fund Sub-Grant over two years to Think Detroit PAL 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. Think Detroit PAL 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.”
Rep. Hansen Clarke said, “I congratulate the Think Detroit Police Athletic League on their receipt of a competitive sub-grant from the Social Innovation Fund. As a society, we must invest in our youth in order to create a prosperous future. The newly funded program, Soccer for Success, does just that by combining physical activity, nutrition education, and mentorship to promote youth health and wellness. I want to extend my sincere thanks to the U.S. Soccer Foundation for their support and to the Think Detroit Police Athletic League for their dedicated work in our communities since 1969.”
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)
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