RICHARDSON, TEXAS (September 9, 2005)
– Youth Soccer Month received another assist from President George W. Bush today with a letter recognizing the month-long celebration. President Bush has supported Youth Soccer Month each year through a letter of recognition and support.
The messages of Youth Soccer Month mirror those of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports - the importance of physical activity and fitness and exercise and their link to good health. It also furthers President Bush's vision of a healthier United States, where citizens are physically active every day, value nutrition and avoid risky behaviors.
An excerpt from the letter states, “Youth Soccer Month promotes an active lifestyle for America's youth and provides an opportunity for them to become involved in this great sport. This celebration encourages children and adolescents to learn more about soccer and the values of perseverance, discipline, and fair play.”
Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with 3.2 million members, the nation’s largest youth sports association is spearheading Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.
Throughout Youth Soccer Month a series of messages and themes will be communicated to illustrate the essence of youth soccer. Each week during Youth Soccer Month a different message will be the focus of “Celebrating Soccer in America.”
The four messages of Youth Soccer Month are:
· Fitness: The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
· Friendship: The relationships and fun generated through playing soccer and their extension beyond the field.
· Family: Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
· Fun: Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
Youth Soccer Month will also highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels.
For more information about Youth Soccer Month and to see the President's letter visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.
Click here to read President Bush's letter of support for Youth Soccer Month.
About US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the United States and largest member of the US Soccer Federation, registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.