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Soccer for Success Summary-1

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U.S. Soccer Foundation | 1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036 | 202.872.9277 | ussoccerfoundation.org
Soccer for Success: Overview & Mission
 
Soccer for Success
 
is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth
development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhoodobesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in underserved urbancommunities. In August 2011, the Foundation
’s
Soccer for Success
programreceived a $2 million grant over two years from the Corporation forNational and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund to promotehealthy lifestyles among at-risk youth in urban communities. Partneringwith community-based organizations, the U.S. Soccer Foundation operates
Soccer for Success
sites across the U.S.
 –
providing thousands of children ingrades K-8 with free after-school programming.
4 Components of Soccer for Success
 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
: Children participate in 90 minutesessions at least three days a week to ensure they receivethe recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorousexercise.
MENTORSHIP
: Each site is staffed by caring coaches whoserve as mentors that are invested in the successfuldevelopment of each child. Mentors stress the importanceof doing well in school and avoiding negative influencessuch as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
NUTRITION:
 
Soccer for Success
staff deliver relevanteducational activities where participants are taught thebasics of nutrition, the importance of making healthylifestyle choices, and the importance of maintaininghealthy eating habits.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT:
 
Soccer for Success
strives to turn
parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program’s teachings by
applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information onnutrition, health, and public services that will aide them in their pursuit of a healthierlifestyle.
SOCCER FOR SUCCESS
Soccer for 
Success
 
is a youthdevelopment program thatuses soccer to combatchildhood obesity & promotehealthy lifestyles.
 
Soccer for Success
providesfree after-school soccerprograms for children ingrades K-8.
The U.S. Soccer Foundationreceived the 2011 SocialInnovation Fund Award for
Soccer for Success
, one of five organizations nationwideto receive the award.
Children receive at least 60minutes of moderate tovigorous exercise.
Coaches serve as mentorsand are invested in thedevelopment of each child.
In 2011, the programoperated at 60 sites inChicago, D.C., Houston, L.A.,New York City/Newark,Detroit, Portland & Miami
2012 expansion targetsinclude Boston, Philadelphia,Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta,Dallas Oakland & Seattle.
AT A GLANCE

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