Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, today announced it has awarded 10 grants totaling more than $450,000 to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation.
In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and utilize it to improve the well-being of children in under-resourced communities, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programming and field-building initiatives nationwide. Non-profit organizations eligible to receive grant funding include those that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and provide programming that promotes healthy youth development.
“Our goal at the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to provide organizations with the means to provide children with access to quality soccer programs and safe places to play,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, we are honored to have continuously supported organizations that not only help grow the game of soccer, but also make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families in their communities.”
10 awards were distributed this grants cycle as part of the Safe Places to Play program. The Safe Places to Play program seeks to build or enhance field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide safe places for children to play. To date, the Foundation has helped to create or improve hundreds of safe places for children nationwide, with projects such as installing turf and lighting, to irrigating fields and building sports courts.
Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including, Hellas Construction, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, PEVO Sports, Soccer.com and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“Hellas is excited to see the grants process at work and to get started building fields for the soccer community in these areas,” said Reed J. Seaton, President & CEO of Hellas.
To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.
Safe Places to Play Grant Recipients
- Borough of Paramus – Paramus, NJ
- City of Bayonne – Bayonne, NJ
- City of Downey, Parks and Recreation Department – Downey, CA
- City of Huntington Park – Huntington Park, CA
- East Moline Silvis Soccer Club (EMSSC) – East Moline, IL
- New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Foundation – New Orleans, LA
- Savannah Hilton Head Youth Soccer Alliance – Pooler, GA
- Street Soccer USA – Sacramento, CA
- Visalia Unified School District – Visalia, CA
- WestSound FC – Silverdale, WA
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $60 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
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