U.S Soccer Foundation

About:
The U.S. Soccer Foundation was established in 1995 to manage the surplus funds generated by the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States. Over $51 million in grants, financial support and loans have been made to help develop coaches, players and referees, especially those in economically disadvantaged urban areas.

Mission/Philosophy:
“To enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States with a special emphasis on underserved communities.”

Areas of interest:
* Places to Play – The Foundations works to help develop quality soccer fields so children can have safe places to play soccer.

* Places to Grow/Places to Learn – The Foundation supports soccer programs that feature an emphasis on youth development. Such programs include those that provide children with guidance on nutrition and ways to stay active; those that work with children to increase educational attainment; and those which guide children away from the negative influence of gangs and street violence.

Programs:
* Soccer For Success
The Foundation’s innovative youth development program which uses soccer as a tool to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for children in low-income urban communities. Components of the program include physical activity, mentorship, nutrition and family engagement.

* Passback
The Passback Program collects new and gently-used soccer gear and redistributes it to underserved communities around the world. To date, over 794,662 pieces of soccer gear have been distributed.

* Urban Soccer Symposium
The 2012 Urban Soccer Symposium will take place April 16-19, 2012 in Washington, D.C. at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center.

* 2012 Grants Program
The U.S Soccer Foundation offers grant opportunities to organizations around the United States. Learn about all of the Foundation’s grant opportunities here.

Ways to get involved:
* Make a donation
* Organize an equipment drive
* Planned giving
* Give through your workplace
* Be an advocate and support the Fit For L.I.F.E. Act

Contact information:
* Website: www.ussoccerfoundation.org
* Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

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