Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, has launched the fall season of its soccer-based afterschool program, Soccer for Success. Soccer for Successis the Foundation’s nationally-recognized program that provides K-8 children in underserved urban communities with structured physical activity, nutrition education and mentorship at no cost to their families. Children in the program exercise for 90 minutes a day, at least three times per week, for 24 weeks in the academic year.
Soccer for Success pairs soccer drills with nutrition education, both of which are taught by consistent, caring adults whose primary focus is to provide children with the opportunity to develop positive physical and social skills. In the 2011-2012 program year,Soccer for Successserved approximately 8,000 children in eight cities nationwide. With the support of the Social Innovation Fund, the Foundation will expand to serve approximately 15,000 children in 20 cities nationwide by the end of the 2012-2013 program year, which ends June 2013. The 2011-2012 program year was effective, with program sites reporting:
- Eighty-nine percent of participants in the overweight and obese categories decreased their Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Eighty-two percent of participants said they make healthier choices about food or drinks as a result of the program
- Sixty-eight percent of participants said they like exercising more as a result of the program
“With the help of the Social Innovation Fund, the 2012-2013 season of Soccer for Success will engage more children than ever before in a free afterschool program focused on their well-being,” says Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “The work being done in communities to provide opportunities for our children to lead healthy, active lives is critical to ensuring positive social change. I’m thrilled to start a new journey with our dedicated community partners and coaches nationwide to offer a platform for the changes we need in underserved areas.”
For a complete list of cities and community partners implementingSoccer for Success, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.
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 invested more than $57 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide underserved youth in urban communities with opportunities that promote education, healthy lifestyles, leadership and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors.
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