Washington, D.C., March 20, 2013 – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced today that Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures, will join its board of directors. Mr. Simmelkjaer brings over 10 years of industry expertise to a group of professionals that includes former U.S. National Team players, Major League Soccer (MLS) executives, and business leaders from around the country.
Mr. Simmelkjaer joined NBC in 2011 and currently oversees global business development for the NBC Sports Group. In addition to his role as Senior Vice President, he also serves as an on-air contributor for NBC Sports Radio and recently hosted MSNBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. Prior to joining NBC, Simmelkjaer served as Vice President of International Development and Corporate Projects at ESPN. He was appointed to the board of the New York State Committee on Open Government by Governor David Paterson in 2010 and has served as a board member for the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy since 2011.
“We are very excited to have Rob join our Board of Directors,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president & ceo of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “He is a widely-respected leader whose experience in business and sports media will bring a unique and welcome perspective to our board. Rob’s wealth of expertise in strategic development will prove to be a tremendous asset as we continue to explore new ways to expand the Foundation’s reach.”
Mr. Simmelkjaer is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
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 $59 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 www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
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