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U.S. Soccer Foundation, Meredith McClure, 202.872.6662, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, announced today the addition of Donna E. Shalala to its Board of Directors. Shalala is President of the University of Miami and has more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator. She is a Director of Gannett Co., Inc., the Lennar Corporation, and Mednax, Inc. In 1993 President Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. In June 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Shalala also serves as an Independent Director on U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors.
“We are honored to have Donna Shalala join our Board of Directors,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Her leadership experience and exemplary record of public service will be invaluable in our efforts to use soccer as a vehicle for social change and to create safe places for children to play.”
The U.S. Soccer Foundation also re-elected all three Board Officers including Chairperson, Alan Rothenberg, Vice-Chairperson, Kevin Payne and Secretary/Treasurer, Charles Marshall.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation works to ensure that children facing social and economic barriers have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development. Since 1995, the Foundation has supported the development of over 1,100 fields and impacted over 4.9 million total players in all 50 states. The Foundation recently launched its Soccer for Success program which is an innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income communities. The program provides a fun way to improve a child’s overall health – increasing strength, agility and endurance while also serving as a positive outlet. It helps guide children away from negative influences such as gangs and violence by providing them with safe and healthy places to play during the most dangerous hours of the day. Participants receive attention and support from caring mentors and coaches who work to ensure they develop into healthy and successful young adults.
U.S. Soccer Foundation Directors include:
- Alan Rothenberg, Chairman (Lifetime Director), Founder and Chairman of 1st Century Bank
- Kevin Payne, Vice Chairman, President & CEO, D.C. United
- Charles Marshall, Treasurer/Secretary, Managing Partner at Warehousing Enterprises, LLC and Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum
- Gianfranco Borroni, Chairman, Foundation Grants Committee, Life Member of the U.S. Soccer Federation
- Jane Delgado, President & CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health
- Ed Foster-Simeon (Ex officio), President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation
- Enrico Gaglioti, Partner, Goldman Sachs Group, New York
- Don Garber, Commissioner, Major League Soccer
- Sunil Gulati, President, U.S. Soccer
- Brad Hays (Chairman Emeritus), Owner & Founder, Law Offices of Brad L. Hays, LLC
- Brian Klein, Co-founder & Managing Member of Steelhead Partners, LLC
- David Messersmith, Director of Accounting and Finance, US Youth Soccer
- Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami
- Juergen Sommer, Athlete Representative, US Men’s National Teams; McDonald’s USA – Real Estate Manager
- Charles “Cully” D. Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
- David Sutphen, Partner, Brunswick Group LLC
- James Walsh, Government Affairs Counselor, K& L Gates
- Dana Weintraub, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has provided more than $54 million to fund programs and projects in each of the 50 states. The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States with a special emphasis on underserved communities. By supporting the development of places to play, learn, and grow, our goal is to ensure that children in low-income communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development. For more information, or to donate online, please visit ussoccerfoundation.org/donate.
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