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January 30, 2013
Project GOAL among grant recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Providence, RI based Project GOAL and Beyond Soccer, Inc. Beyond Soccer, Inc. and Esperanza Academy, both located in Lawrence, Mass and the Inti Soccer Academy in Manchestr New Hampshire were among the organizations receiving grants from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

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 U.S. Soccer Foundation has now awarded more than $59 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Foundation strives to assist and grow the sport of soccer, as well as improve the well-being of children in under-resourced communities, by awarding grants to support all aspects of the game. Specifically, non-profit organizations that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and live a healthy lifestyle are awarded grants to support their programming and field-building initiatives.

Of the 48 grant awards distributed by the U.S. Soccer 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.

The 2013 Program Grant Recipients
America SCORES Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
Beyond Soccer, Inc. (Lawrence, MA)
Challengers Boys & Girls Club (Los Angeles, CA)
El Centro Hispano, Inc. (Durham, NC)
Esperanza Academy (Lawrence, MA)
Help USA (New York, NY)
Inti Soccer Academy (Manchester, NH)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (East St. Louis, IL)
Kids in Sports (Los Angeles, CA)
Notah Begay III Foundation (Santa Ana Pueblo, NM)
Project GOAL, Inc. (Providence, RI)
SA Youth (San Antonio, TX)
Soccer Without Borders (Oakland, CA)
South Bronx United, Inc. (Bronx, NY)
Southwest Youth Services (Albuquerque, NM)
The Salvation Army – Red Shield Youth and Community Center (Los Angeles, CA)
THINK Together Program (Santa Ana, CA)
Urban Initiatives, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club (Los Angeles, CA)

The 2013 Safe Places to Play Grant Recipients
Bavarian Soccer Club (Glendale, WI)
Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia (Brunswick, GA)
Camden City Board of Education (Camden, NJ) (Received two grants)
City of El Monte (El Monte, CA)
City of Hoboken (Hoboken, NJ)
City of Kenai (Kenai, AK)
City of Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
City of Manhattan Beach (Manhattan Beach, CA)
City of McAllen (McAllen, TX)
City of Vermillion (Vermillion, SD)
City of Vista (Vista, CA)
City of Westfield (Westfield, IN)
City of Wynne Parks & Recreation (Wynne, AR)
College of Mount Saint Vincent (Bronx, NY)
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School (Washington, DC)
El Rancho Unified School District (Pico Rivera, CA)
Hacienda CDC (Portland, OR)
Houston Parks & Recreation Department (Houston, TX)
Joy of the People Foundation (Saint Paul, MN)
McFarland Unified School District (McFarland, CA)
Natomas Unified School District (Sacramento, CA)
North Olmstead Stadium Foundation (North Olmsted, OH)
Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Salinas Regional Sports Authority (Salinas, CA)
St. Anthony School (Milwaukee, WI)
Street Soccer USA (New York, NY)
Township of Union (Union, NJ)
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (West Allis, WI)

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