U.S. Soccer Foundation Names University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala to Board of Directors & Re-Elects Officers

Media Contact:
U.S. Soccer Foundation, Meredith McClure, 202.872.6662, mmcclure@ussoccerfoundation.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.

Media Request: When referring to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, please refer to the organization only as the U.S. Soccer Foundation or the Soccer Foundation, and never as USSF or US/U.S. Soccer. We appreciate your cooperation.

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  • 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 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, 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


    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.

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  • 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

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