FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sarah Weiss, U.S. Soccer Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.872.6668
Ed O’Hara, CHA Sports, 518-453-3935
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the U.S., and CHA Sports, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Partner for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, announced six grants awards valued at $48,000 as part of the Foundation’s 2011 Planning Grants Program.
The 2011 U.S. Soccer Foundation Planning Grant Recipients are:
- City of Hoboken (Hoboken, NJ)
- Healthy Kidz Inc. (Detroit, MI)
- Joy of the People (Saint Paul, MN)
- Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Inc. (Newburgh, NY)
- Royal Puma FC (Oxnard, CA)
- Trotwood Soccer (Trotwood, OH)
Each 2011 Planning Grant recipient receives $8,000 in the form of credit with CHA Sports for the production of a professional concept plan for their field building project. A properly developed concept plan establishes the phasing for design and construction, integrates a project into an overall budget, builds momentum for future phases, and serves as a foundation for effective marketing, fundraising, and advocacy with decision-makers.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation partners with CHA Sports, a leader in sports facility design and planning, to provide expert design and planning resources to ensure that these important projects launch successfully.
“A concept plan is an essential step in getting any successful field-building project off the ground.” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “These planning grants bring us one step closer to providing children of all ages with safe places to play the world’s most popular game as we work to keep them active, healthy and engaged in activities that provide an alternative to negative influences.”
“Clough Harbour is thrilled to work with the impressive class of 2010 Planning Grant Recipients and looks forward to helping each and every one of them achieve their goal” said Ray Rudolph, a Director of CHA Sports. “We value our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and are excited to provide the soccer community with a go-to resource for facility design and planning.”
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 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.
About CHA Sports
CHA Sports is a division of CHA, Inc., a full service planning and design firm with over 700 professionals located in offices throughout the United States. Their project portfolio includes sports fields, megaplexes, field houses, track & field venues, rinks, aquatic facilities, and arenas. In the 15 years since the group was formed, numerous colleges, universities, secondary schools, municipalities, and international sporting organizations have retained CHA Sports to plan and design their athletic facilities. For more information, please visit http://www.chacompanies.com/go/core-markets/cha-sports.
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