RICHARDSON, Texas (August 17, 2005)
– US Youth Soccer, with more than three million members the nation’s largest youth sports association, today announced several events highlighting the third annual Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America this September.
“As soccer continues to grow with more children in the United States participating in organized soccer than any other sport,” stated David Messersmith, President of US Youth Soccer. “We [US Youth Soccer] take great pride in spearheading the Youth Soccer Month initiative to promote the benefits of playing this wonderful sport such as fun, family, friendship and fitness.”
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 key will be the focus of “Celebrating Soccer in America.”
The four pillars of Youth Soccer month are:
· Fitness: The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
· Fun: Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
· Family: Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
· Friendship: The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
Plans for Youth Soccer Month 2005 include working with local leadership to organize grassroots public affairs campaign, numerous local events, media relations initiatives as well as a $10,000 kick contest and more. More information will be made available soon online.
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 visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.