The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. On January 14th, 2011 it awarded 63 grants totaling $2.5 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in 30 states. Since its inception, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $54 million to groups, both large and small, in all 50 states.
The 2011 grant awards reflect the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s focus on improving the health and well being of children in underserved communities. The awards will support programming, coaching and equipment for players and the construction of safe playing fields that will facilitate the continued growth of soccer in the United States.
“This grant confirms and supports the work we’ve been doing for the past three or four years to create a fantastic soccer facility in the Carlisle area,” says Mark True, Club president. “We upgraded our well pump and motor last year, and this grant will help us complete the next step….automatic irrigation for about one-quarter of the complex.”
“We’ve also reconfigured the new parking area, installed part of the fencing and installed a new permanent sign at the main entrance to the complex as indicated in our master plan completed last year.”
The grant is in the form of a $13,000 irrigation equipment voucher from Hunter Industries. Volunteer project managers are currently working with local vendors to create an installation schedule with the hope that the system can be installed by this summer.
“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to support each of these projects that keep our youth active, healthy and engaged in activities that provide a positive alternative to negative influences,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO. “By supporting the development of programs and safe playing fields, we help ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.”
The U.S. Soccer Foundation receives support provided by members of its Partners Resource Center, a team of soccer industry leaders that includes Eurosport, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, The Toro Company, and Sport Court.
The Foundation awarded 17 Footprint Fields Grants to develop new FieldTurf soccer fields in communities across the country. The Footprint Fields program, supported by adidas, FieldTurf and MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is aimed at growing the game of soccer and providing safe, sustainable playing spaces in underserved communities.
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 $54 million, supporting projects in each of the 50 states. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide low income and at-risk youth in urban communities with soccer programs that promote education, healthy lifestyles, leadership and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors. For more information, or to donate online, please visit ussoccerfoundation.org/donate.