U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS NEARLY $450,000 TO BENEFIT SOCCER FOR SOCIAL CHANGE NATIONWIDE
Latest grant cycle to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives in nine states
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, today announced it has awarded 12 grants totaling nearly $ 450,000 to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programming and field-building initiatives nationwide and to date, has distributed over $100 million in funding to support the use of soccer as a tool to improve youth health and social outcomes. Non-profit organizations eligible to receive grant funding include those that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and provide programming that promotes healthy youth development.
This grant announcement comes on the heels of the release of an independent study on the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program. The Soccer for Success program is the Foundation’s free afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles in underserved urban communities. The Soccer for Success Implementation and Impact Evaluation found that participants in Soccer for Success had significantly more positive health outcomes than youth in other afterschool programs. In fact, children that participated in Soccer for Success saw their BMI decrease by three percentage points and their PACER tests increase by 24%.
In addition to awards to support soccer programming, awards were distributed to organizations across the country to support the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program, which seeks to build or enhance field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide safe places for children to play. To date, the Foundation has helped to create or improve hundreds of safe places for children nationwide, and has awarded more than $100 million to organizations in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.
Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including CHA Sports, Hellas Construction, Hunter Industries, Kwik Goal, Musco Sports Lighting, Soccer.com, and Sport Court.
To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation Grants
In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and drive well-being improvement for children in underserved communities, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programming and field-building initiatives nationwide. Non-profit organizations eligible to receive grant funding include those that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and provide programming that promotes healthy youth development. Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including CHA Sports, Hellas Construction, Hunter Industries, Kwik Goal, Musco Sports Lighting, Soccer.com, and Sport Court.
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 $100 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.