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Washington Youth Soccer Receives U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant to Fund Anti-Gang Initiative

Washington Youth Soccer is proud to announce this month that the association has been chosen to receive a portion of the $2.5 million in grants being allocated in 2011 by the U.S. Soccer Foundation to support programming and field building projects nationwide.

In its detailed proposal submitted to the U.S. Soccer Foundation late last year, Washington Youth Soccer laid out plans for a significant expansion of its Anti-Gang Initiative, which looks to build friendships with the local police departments, colleges and community support groups. The program was successful last summer in its trial run in West Seattle's High Point neighborhood, and Washington Youth Soccer suggested that with increased funding, it could be expanded to other at-risk areas throughout the state.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation agreed, and listed Washington Youth Soccer among 63 non-profit organizations nationally to share in a total grant pool of over $2.5 million. Washington Youth Soccer has already announced that it will use the U.S. Soccer Foundation grant to supplement the launching of an additional six Anti-Gang Initiative programs across the Puget Sound region in 2011.

"The U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to support…projects that keep our youth active, healthy and engaged in activities that provide a positive alternative to negative influences," said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

For more information on Washington Youth Soccer's Anti-Gang Initiative, or the state association's other Community programs, view the "Programs" tab at, or contact Community Outreach Director David Griffiths at, or by phone at (253) 476-2237. To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation, visit

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