The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to San Antonio Sports to support its i play! afterschool program which serves 750 kids in two inner-city school districts. The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 37 grants totaling more than $1.8 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation. San Antonio Sports’ iplay! afterschoolprogram offers skill-based instruction in five sports, including soccer, as well as nutrition, character education, leadership and team-building skills.
In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and utilize it to improve the positive health and social outcomes for children, 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 aimed at keeping children in under-resourced communities active, healthy, and safe.
“Our goal at the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to provide children with access to quality soccer programs that support both physical and personal development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that not only help grow the game of soccer, but make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families in their communities.”
Thirty-seven (37) awards were distributed this grant cycle, with 19 bestowed as part of the Safe Places to Play program. TheSafe Places to Play program seeks to build or enhance field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide spaces that are safe for children to play soccer. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve over 1,000 safe places for children nationwide.
“San Antonio Sports’ mission is to transform our community through sports and one way we do that is through our kids programs,” says Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO of the non-profit sports commission. “We’re grateful for the support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation in helping us give local children the opportunity to be healthy, fit and fulfill their dreams.”
Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including, FieldTurf, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, PEVO Sports, Soccer.com and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has now awarded more than $60 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
About San Antonio Sports
San Antonio Sports is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform our community through the power of sport. San Antonio Sports bids on and hosts premier sporting events such as NCAA® championships, which have generated a local economic impact of more than $446 million. San Antonio Sports kids programs, including the i play! afterschool program, the Community Olympic Development Program, the Corner Store Go!Kids Challenge™ and ING Kids Rock marathon training program, annually touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids. Additionally, San Antonio Sports serves as a catalyst for the development of quality recreational and athletic facilities in our community. To learn more, visit SanAntonioSports.org.
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 $60 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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