U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS NEARLY $1,300,000 TO BENEFIT YOUTH SOCCER IN COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, today announced it has awarded 31 grants totaling nearly $1,300,000 to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation – an increase of over $800,000 in grants awarded in the previous grant cycle.

In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and drive well-being improvement for children in underserved 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.

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is grateful for the ability to increase our funding for organizations that work tirelessly to positively impact the lives of youth in underserved communities across the country,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “The 31 organizations awarded grants during this cycle will utilize the funds to grow the game of soccer and provide safe places for children to play in their local communities.”

Fourteen awards were distributed this grant 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. Over the last two decades, the Foundation has helped create or improve hundreds of safe places for children nationwide, with projects such as field building and lighting installation, to irrigating fields and building Sports Courts.  

In addition to Safe Places to Play grantees, the Foundation awarded grants to 17 organizations in 11 states to support programs aimed at growing the game of soccer in underserved communities across the country. This cycle, the Foundation received over 224 grant applications from 39 states – indicative of communities across the country valuing the impact the game of soccer has on youth.

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, Soccer.com, and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.

 

Safe Places to Play Grant Recipients

  • Georgia State Soccer Association – Atlanta, GA
  • Charter School – Buffalo, NY
  • Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School – Cherry Valley, NY
  • City of Garfield – Garfield, NJ
  • City of Perth Amboy – Perth Amboy, NJ
  • Street Soccer USA – San Francisco, CA
  • City of Inglewood – Inglewood, CA
  • City of Glendora Community Services – Glendora, CA
  • Calvert Soccer Association – Prince Frederick, MD
  • Vision Soccer Academy of Waukee – Waukee, IA
  • Berkshire Community College Foundation – Pittsfield, MA
  • City of Evanston – Evanston, IL
  • Zuni Youth Enrichment Project – Zuni, NM
  • Angelo State University Foundation – San Angelo, TX

Program Grant Recipients

  • America SCORES New York – New York, NY
  • Asphalt Green – New York, NY
  • Algonquin Sports for Kids – Buffalo, NY
  • America SCORES Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
  • Ohio City Incorporated – Cleveland, OH
  • Parks & People Foundation – Baltimore, MD
  • Emerald Youth Foundation – Knoxville, TN
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City – Kansas City, MO
  • Guadalupe Centers, Inc. – Kansas City, MO
  • P.F. Bresee Foundation – Los Angeles, CA
  • Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League – San Leandro, CA
  • Inter-Tribal Sports, Inc. – Temecula, CA
  • YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties – Tacoma, WA
  • Second Ward Futbol Club – El Paso, TX
  • Omaha Salvation Army – Omaha, NE
  • Coastal Outreach Soccer / Georgia Soccer Association – Brunswick, GA
  • Greenwood Family YMCA – Greenwood, SC

 

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 $100 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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adidas

adidas

adidas, the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play – Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit adidas.com.

CHA

CHA

CHA Sports, the Foundation’s Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport’s full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit chacompanies.com

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation believe that participation in sports makes people better. Since 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have pledged more than $100 million to support youth sports teams and leagues in need.  Through our Sports Matter initiative we strive to increase awareness for underfunded youth athletics nationwide and provide much-needed support through equipment, uniform and monetary donations. For more information on Sports Matter, visit SportsMatter.org.

Kwik Goal

Kwik Goal

Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit Kwikgoal.com.

MLS WORKS

MLS WORKS

MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our games by executing national programs and legacy projects, charitable giving campaigns, and undertaking various initiatives in underserved communities.

Musco

Musco

As a proud corporate partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco is dedicated to helping the major charitable arm of American soccer create new opportunities through high-quality sports lighting. Their Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology is engineered as a system with lighting, structural, and electrical components designed to work together for streamlined installation and long-term reliability. TLC for LED delivers superior field lighting while eliminating glare and spill from impacting surrounding neighborhoods. And Musco’s long-term warranty covering parts and labor means U.S. Soccer Foundation partners don’t have to handle any maintenance on their system, or pay for it, for 25 years. Visit https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.

SCORE Sports

SCORE Sports

SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit scoresports.com.

Soccer.com

Soccer.com

Soccer.com, the Foundation’s National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.

 

 

 

Target

Target

Target announced a national partnership with Safe Places to Play in 2017, along with a $6 million commitment to build 100 new soccer play spaces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation by 2020. This is the latest initiative in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s multi-dimensional approach to the sport of soccer, bringing the game to more kids and families across the country, and unlocking access and increasing involvement at all levels.

TGI Worldwide

TGI Worldwide

TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.

For more information on our services, please visit https://www.worldwidetgi.com or contact Mike Squire at msquire@worldwidetgi.com / Phone: 312-371-5852.

World Soccer Shop

World Soccer Shop

Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit www.worldsoccershop.com.

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