WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2013) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced the U.S. Soccer Foundation as the League’s exclusive charitable partner for the 2013 NWSL season. The NWSL will partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation throughout the season in support of their mission to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities.
“We are very excited to begin working with the U.S. Soccer Foundation as the exclusive charitable partner of the NWSL,” said Cheryl Bailey, Executive Director of the NWSL. “We look forward to supporting the Foundation’s many nationally recognized programs that encourage physical activity, nutrition education and mentorship through the sport of soccer.
As part of the one-year partnership, the U.S. Soccer Foundation will have an on-site presence at NWSL games throughout the season, and will receive in-stadium signage at nationally televised games as well as video and public address announcements to build awareness of their efforts to use soccer as a vehicle for social change in underserved communities.
In addition, all fine monies collected from NWSL players during the season will be donated to the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program – a free soccer-based afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities.
“We are very excited to partner with the NWSL in its inaugural season,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “This partnership will be instrumental in helping the Foundation grow the sport of soccer in the United States and provide children in underserved communities with access to quality soccer programs and safe places to play.”
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 $59 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 www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
About the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is an eight-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring players from Canada, Mexico and U.S. The founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Federation of Mexican Football. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.