Washington Youth Soccer Receives Grant from U.S. Soccer Foundation to Launch New
Soccer for Success Program
Murray, Reichert praise new grant which will support expansion of programming for at-risk youth
In March, Washington Youth Soccer was selected to receive a prestigious U.S. Soccer Foundation Social Innovation Fund Sub-Grant, to support the implementation of the Soccer for Success program in South Seattle area schools.
The Soccer for Success program is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's after-school, sports-based youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and provides nutrition education and mentorship to children in at-risk communities.
"As a parent and former educator, I consider it a top priority to provide our children with the tools to make smart nutritional choices that will give them the energy to engage and be active," says U.S. Senator Patty Murray. "The threat of childhood obesity to the health of our children and the health of our nation has never been greater and I applaud Washington Youth Soccer for encouraging Seattle's youth to get off the sidelines and into the game."
After a period of planning, Washington Youth Soccer is scheduled to implement the Soccer for Success program in South Seattle schools beginning in the Fall/Winter 2012, bringing expanded programming to hundreds of new young players in one of the Seattle area's most traditionally underserved communities.
U.S. Representative Dave Reichert also contributed praise for the new program: "I'm proud to join the U.S. Soccer Foundation in recognizing the important work of Washington Youth Soccer to promote active, healthy and safe lifestyles for youth across our state. As co-chair of the Soccer Caucus, I know very well the benefits that after-school, sports-based programs like this provide to at-risk youth and congratulate them on their continued success improving kids' lives."
Washington Youth Soccer President Doug Andreassen says that the impact of the grant will extend far beyond the touchlines.
"This after-school program will provide many of the youth in South Seattle their first experience in an organized team sport," he says. "As we continue to make sure that every child in our state has access to youth soccer, this program will encourage communities to come together and support youth development, healthy lifestyles and nutritional education.
"We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient and we look forward to working with our many community and elementary school partners as we prepare to launch the Soccer for Success program this coming fall."
Want to learn more about Soccer for Success? Visit WashingtonYouthSoccer.org today!