For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Krista Washington, 202-872-6662 , firstname.lastname@example.org
What: The 2011 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) awarded the U.S. Soccer Foundation a $2 million grant over two years to use towards programs that promote healthy lifestyles and reduce childhood obesity rates. Working as an intermediary for SIF, the Foundation seeks non-profit, community based organizations to implement its Soccer for Success program. Soccer for Success is a sports-based youth development after-school program that uses soccer as a tool in the national fight against childhood obesity and as a vehicle to connect children to positive adult role models. The 2012 SIF Sub-grants will support the replication and expansion of Soccer for Success. Grant amounts will range from $100,000 to $300,000 and the awarded amount will be funded for two years, provided applicants successfully meet program requirements. Organizations must provide a dollar for dollar cash match for all awarded funds.
Who: The U.S. Soccer Foundation seeks community partners/non-profit organizations to implement its Soccer for Success after-school program that serves economically disadvantaged youth in grades K-8.
Why: According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, children are most likely to commit crimes in the hours immediately following the close of school. In addition, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity states that one out of every three children between the ages of 2 -19 are overweight or obese. Using soccer, the U.S. Soccer Foundation helps to improve the lives of children in urban, underserved areas during the times they are most vulnerable.
When & Where: The 2012 Soccer for Success SIF Sub-grant is available online at www.ussoccerfoundation.org/sif. Organizations can apply until Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 8:00pm EST. The application must be submitted online via the Foundation’s website.
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 $55 million in all 50 states. 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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