Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced today that it has kicked off the 2014-2015 season of Soccer for Success in more than 30 cities across the country. Soccer for Success is a free afterschool sports-based, youth development program created by the U.S. Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to improve the health and behavioral outcomes for children in underserved, urban communities.

The Soccer for Success program targets some of the country’s most underserved communities, serving children ages 6-14, and providing them with free afterschool programming three times per week for the entire school year. Soccer for Success programs strive to provide a fun and efficient way to help improve a child’s overall health by increasing his/her strength, agility and endurance, while also incorporating healthy, nutritional education. In addition, the programs guide youth away from negative influences such as gangs and violence by providing them with safe places to play during after school hours, which gives them the ultimate opportunity to work with dedicated coach-mentors and develop important life skills.

“Soccer for Success is an innovative program that has been proven to positively impact youth in underserved communities,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are committed to using our game to help children develop healthy active lifestyles, build character and strengthen life skills that provide the foundation for productive and successful lives.”

The U.S. Soccer Foundation will serve close to 30,000 participants in the Soccer for Success program with the support of over 30 community-based organizations in more than 30 cities, with at least 7 new locations in 2014. The program employs approximately 1,400 coaches who serve as mentors invested in the successful development of the Soccer for Success participants.

To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Soccer for Success program, please visit http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/our-programs/soccer-for-success.


Soccer for Success Markets & Programs

Atlanta, GA – Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Boston, MA – America SCORES Boston

Buffalo, NY – Independent Health Foundation

Camden, NJ – YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties

Chester, PA – Chester Upland Soccer for Success

Chicago, IL – Illinois Youth Soccer Association

Dallas, TX – Mercy Street  – *NEW IN 2014

Dayton, OH – YMCA of Greater Dayton

Denver, CO – Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club

Detroit, MI – Detroit PAL

El Monte, CA – El Monte Community Building Initiative (CBI)

Houston, TX – Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Kansas City, MO – Mattie Rhodes Center | The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City | Guadalupe Centers, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA – Brotherhood Crusade

Miami, FL – YMCA of Greater Miami & Belafonte Tacolcy Center

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Urban Soccer Collaborative

Nashville, TN – Ultimate Goal Ministries – *NEW IN 2014

New Orleans, LA – First Line Schools – *NEW IN 2014

New York City, NY – NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

Philadelphia, PA – J.T. Dorsey Foundation

Portland, OR – A.C. Portland

Providence, RI – Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence – *NEW IN 2014

Raleigh, NC – Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County

Ridgeland, MS – Scientific Research (SR1) – *NEW IN 2014

San Diego, CA – San Diego After-School All-Stars – *NEW IN 2014

San Francisco, CA – America SCORES Bay Area

Seattle, WA – Washington Youth Soccer

Spartanburg, SC – City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department – *NEW IN 2014

Tempe, AZ – Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley – *NEW IN 2014

Trenton, NJ – Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County

Washington, DC – United Soccer Club (United for D.C.) and DC SCORES

Woodbridge, VA – Prince William Soccer



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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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

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Genesis Gives

Genesis Gives

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Kwik Goal

Kwik Goal

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Miami Children's Trust

Miami Children's Trust

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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.



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SCORE Sports

SCORE Sports

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TGI Worldwide

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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

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