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U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards Seven Grants to Increase Access to Safe Places to Play

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced it has awarded seven grants totaling $151,805 to organizations that will create and enhance safe places to play in six states. When completed, the projects will provide access to safe play spaces for more than 55,500 youth and adults.

In three cycles throughout the year, the Foundation awards lighting, irrigation, and Sport Court grants as a part of the Safe Places to Play program. Recipients receive grants that fund project costs for design, construction, irrigation, lighting, surfacing, and other enhancements.

“We are excited to partner with six organizations to create more safe places to play our game,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Through these grants, we aim to help provide opportunities for community members to reap all the benefits that the game has to offer.”

Spring 2019 Safe Places to Play Grant Recipients

  • City of Orem Foundation (Orem, UT)
  • City of Westbrook (Westbrook, ME)
  • Houma Terrebonne Soccer Association (Houma, LA)
  • Mobile County Commission* (Mobile, AL)
  • South Windsor Soccer Club (South Windsor, CT)
  • Town of Camp Verde Parks & Recreation (Camp Verde, AZ)

*Received multiple grants

These grants support the mission of the Foundation’s It’s Everyone’s Game national movement to inspire and empower the nation to drive the change that ensures that children in underserved communities enjoy the health and youth development benefits of the game. Launched in 2017, the Foundation aims to build 1,000 mini-pitches nationwide and engage one million children in the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program by 2026. In line with this mission, these projects will provide children with safe and high-quality places to play the beautiful game.

Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including Hunter Industries, Musco Lighting, and Sport Court.

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About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at

Jennifer Arnold