19 Dec U.S. Soccer Foundation spearheads new initiative: ‘It’s Everyone’s Game’
WASHINGTON, D.C. | Two weeks ago, the U.S. Soccer Foundation announced a new initiative: “It’s Everyone’s Game,” which aims to build 1,000 mini-pitches and have 1,000,000 students annually enrolled in its “Soccer for Success” program by 2026.
The pledge to construct 1,000 new mini-soccer pitches, primarily in underserved urban communities, intends to provide children lacking the resources, with the opportunity to play within a safe field in their own neighborhood, with no worries of having to pay fees or traveling. The U.S. Soccer Foundation started this aspect of It’s Everyone’s Game with an announcement via a U.S. Soccer Foundation press release, that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and the Chicago Park District will work together to build 50 soccer play spaces in underserved Chicago neighborhoods in the next five years.
The It’s Everyone’s Game initiative will also place a lot of focus on the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program. Soccer for Success is a free after-school program, established to help children develop healthy physical habits, social, and life skills. The program also provides its youth with a coach-mentor, who not only aides in honing physical skills on the field, but regularly meets with their participants’ families to educate them on the healthy lifestyle guidance their children are receiving. Founded in 2009, Soccer for Success has trained over 6,000 coach mentors and served more than 100,000 children nationwide.
U.S. Soccer Foundation President and CEO, Ed Foster-Simeon released a statement on It’s Everyone’s Game, in the press release referenced above:
“Our Soccer for Success program shows that soccer can be the difference between a child who thrives and a child who falls through the cracks,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Yet far too many children across the country do not have access to soccer programming or the opportunity to engage with a coach who can help them develop critical life skills that support their development on and off the playing field. The premise of our work is simple: We train coach-mentors. We make sure there are fields to play on. And we support after-school soccer programs in underserved communities that are offered free to participants. By eliminating barriers and creating opportunities, we help the kids who need us most to not only play soccer, but also to be healthier, more active, and more confident.”
For updates and more information on the It’s Everyone’s Game campaign, visit the homepage.
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