U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION NAMES TELEMUNDO FIRST OFFICIAL SPANISH-LANGUAGE MEDIA PARTNER

Partnership with NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Supports U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Youth Programming in Underserved Communities

Telemundo and U.S. Soccer Foundation Team Up to Celebrate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in Communities Across the United States

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation today named NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises as the organization’s first official and exclusive Spanish-language media partner. Through this partnership, Telemundo joins the Foundation in its efforts to advance soccer as a means for helping children in underserved communities reach their full potential, including supporting the Foundation’s signature Soccer for Success youth program, which provides free or low-cost soccer programs during and after school at more than 250 sites nationally.

In anticipation of and to build excitement among soccer fans for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Telemundo, the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language home of the FIFA World Cup, will also team up with the Foundation to jointly host a series of Soccer for Success jamboree celebrations in cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Houston, Chicago, Boston, and Orlando.
The family-friendly events will be held in partnership with local community partners and feature Telemundo talent and employees, with opportunities for attendees to play, watch, and celebrate soccer leading up to the FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar from Nov. 21 through Dec. 18.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the World Cup—the best soccer in the world—than by joining forces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation,” said Christina Kolbjornsen, SVP, Corporate & External Affairs, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “We are humbled by their long-standing efforts to improve children’s lives through soccer and ensure access to the game for every child who wants to play. Soccer is about joy and fun, bringing families together, and empowering children to show what can be possible. We’re looking forward to helping the Foundation do even more for Hispanic communities and enjoying the game together all year long.”

“We are delighted to welcome Telemundo as our official Spanish-language media partner,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Far too many children don’t have access to safe places to play or affordable soccer programs that can help them develop critical life skills and healthy habits. This partnership with Telemundo will help us continue to expand our programs nationwide and bring more supporters to our cause.”

As part of the partnership, Telemundo will support the Foundation’s Soccer for Success after-school program, operated in close partnership with more than 60 organizations across 250 sites nationally. Nearly half of all Soccer for Success participants identify as Hispanic or Latino and nearly 40% are girls. The program is proven to help children establish positive social, emotional, and physical health behaviors and develop critical life skills. Led by trained coach-mentors after school and by physical education and classroom teachers during the school day, Soccer for Success is offered at little or no cost to participants and their families. The program goes far beyond teaching soccer fundamentals. In fact, an evaluation of the after-school program found that 88% of participants work better on a team, 86% stay away from anti-social behaviors, and 83% improve their health outcomes after participation in the program.

Telemundo joins the Foundation as a partner in its longstanding work to combat inequities that exist in communities of color across the U.S. According to Active Living Research, one study found that 70 percent of African American and Hispanic neighborhoods did not have any recreational facilities. In comparison, only 38 percent of white neighborhoods lacked recreational facilities. Furthermore, only about one third of Black and Hispanic children ages 6 to 12 play sports on a regular basis according to the most recent State of Play report from the Aspen Institute’s Project Play.

The partnership was announced ahead of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Urban Soccer Symposium, an annual event in Washington, D.C. that brings together changemakers using the power of sport to positively impact youth and communities nationwide. The Symposium will feature a fireside chat with a representative from Telemundo to discuss the partnership, the importance of soccer in U.S. Hispanic communities, and the network’s El Poder en Ti corporate social responsibility programming.

In addition, Telemundo is also a Gold Sponsor of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Congressional Soccer Match, which will be held on April 27 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. The widely attended event features Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and sports legends going head-to-head for the ultimate Republican vs. Democrat showdown. The event also features embassy staffers participating in a mini-FIFA World Cup style competition and a round-robin Staffer Tournament. Admission is free and open to the public and tickets will be made available soon.

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises leads the media industry in the production and distribution of Spanish-language content for U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. The company serves the full spectrum of U.S. Hispanics through its national broadcast network, the cable network Universo, and digital platforms including the Telemundo app and streaming services, such as Peacock, among others. The Telemundo Network offers Spanish-language entertainment, news, and sports content reaching 93% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 30 owned stations and 56 affiliate stations. Telemundo also owns an independent station serving Puerto Rico. Telemundo is the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language home of the world’s two most popular sporting events, the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, as well as the Premier League and Mexican soccer team Chivas. The #1 producer of scripted Spanish-language content in the U.S., Telemundo Global Studios includes Telemundo Television Studios, Telemundo Streaming Studios, and Underground Producciones. Telemundo’s new Tplus content brand will launch on Peacock later this year, featuring programming developed for viewers who consider themselves both 100% American and 100% Latino. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Arnold, U.S. Soccer Foundation
jarnold@ussoccerfoundation.org; 202-872-6662

Eva Mejicanos, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Eva.Mejicanos@nbcuni.com

John Schaefer, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
John.Schaefer@nbcuni.org

 

 

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adidas

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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.

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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

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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.

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GEICO is committed to impacting local communities through Educational programs, Community Development projects and Equity & Inclusion initiatives. To date, GEICO has donated to 7,000+ charities and averaged between $6 and $8 million in annual giving over the last two decades. To learn more about GEICO’s commitment to the community please visit www.geico.com/about/in-the-community.

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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.

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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

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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.

Telemundo

Telemundo

The U.S. Soccer Foundation and Telemundo are joining efforts to advance soccer as a means for helping children in underserved communities reach their full potential, including supporting the Foundation’s signature Soccer for Success youth program, which provides free or low-cost soccer programs during and after school at more than 250 sites nationally. Telemundo will also serve as the first official and exclusive Spanish-language media partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. For more information visit https://www.telemundo.com/el-poder-en-ti.

TGI Worldwide

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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.

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