Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, and POLITICO announced today that they will host the second annual Capital Soccer Classic at RFK Stadium in Washington on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
The premier soccer event, presented by Johnson & Johnson and NIKE, kicks off with an embassy tournament – to celebrate this year’s World Cup – and is followed by both a congressional soccer match and a tournament for Capitol Hill staff. Participants will include members of Congress and the Congressional Soccer Caucus; representatives from several embassies, including Spain and Belgium; and former U.S. Soccer players, including all-time leader in caps and National Soccer Hall of Fame member Cobi Jones.
The Classic benefits Soccer for Success, the Foundation’s free after-school program that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles in underserved communities. As the Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary, the event also demonstrates the organization’s history of using soccer for social change.
“We’re excited to partner with POLITICO again for the Classic,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “The event is a wonderful way for us to showcase soccer’s impact in the underserved communities we serve and celebrate this year’s World Cup in conjunction with the Foundation’s 20th anniversary – it truly is an exciting time.”
“The feedback we received from last year’s inaugural Classic was fantastic,” said POLITICO Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley. “We’re thrilled to work with the Foundation again this year to bring together soccer players from around Washington for this great cause.”
The public is invited to attend the Classic and admission is free. For more information or to learn how to participate, please visit POLITICO.com/events.
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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 $60 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.
Krista Washington, U.S. Soccer Foundation, email@example.com
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