January 28, 213
A HELPING HAND
U.S. Soccer Foundation awards $80K in grants to four NYC-area organizations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced on Monday that it has awarded more than $80,000 in grants to four organizations in the New York City area to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives.
HELP USA and South Bronx United, Inc. were recepients of the 2013 program grands, while the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Street Soccer USA received the Safe Places to Play grants.
The foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, awarded 48 grants totaling more than $2.4 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved areas across 21 states and the District of Columbia. Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has awarded more than $59 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Of the 48 grant awards distributed by the foundation, 29 were given as part of the Safe Places to Play program. Supported by adidas and FieldTurf, the Safe Places to Play program develops or enhances field spaces in underserved areas to provide safe places for children to play. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve over 1,100 safe places for children nationwide.
“The U.S. Soccer Foundation believes that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer in an environment that is safe and promotes positive development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are happy to support organizations that, through impactful community-based programs, harness the power of soccer to improve the well-being of children.”
Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including Eurosport, FieldTurf, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, PEVO Sports and Sport Court.