RICHARDSON, Texas (September 14, 2005) – Youth Soccer Month, an annual celebration of the United States’ leading youth participation sport each September that promotes the four messages of fitness, family, friendship and fun inherent in playing soccer, has gained the support of nine Major League Soccer (MLS) teams this September. The Kansas City Wizards, Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids, MetroStars, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas have all joined the celebration with a Youth Soccer Month theme.
It started last weekend with the Kansas City Wizards home match where over 2,000 Youth Soccer Month rally towels were handed out to Wizard fans. This weekend will kick off a large number of other MLS games in celebration of Youth Soccer Month. In addition to the Youth Soccer Month rally towels and bracelets, this weekend will feature the $10,000 Youth Soccer Month Kick!
Two lucky winners will be selected to kick for $10,000! Could it be you? Get out to one of the games noted below.
MLS Teams Celebrating Youth Soccer Month:
DC United* - 9/17
Kansas City Wizards* 9/10, 9/17
Columbus Crew 9/17
Colorado Rapids* 10/1
MetroStars 9/17, 10/1
New England Revolution* 9/24
Real Salt Lake* 9/24
San Jose Earthquakes 9/21, 9/24
FC Dallas 9/18
*$10,000 Youth Soccer Month Kick Contest
Check the Youth Soccer Month Schedule of Events Calendar to see when events are happening in your area!
Fun Fact: If you were to line up all of the Youth Soccer Month Rally Towels given to fans at MLS games…they would equal over 31 of the tallest building in America – The Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
The “Youth Soccer Month Celebrations” have brought local youth teams to the contests where children have had the opportunity to receive Youth Soccer Month premiums as well as participate in a host of promotions to win Youth Soccer Month prize packs.
“We’re very pleased that some of the MLS teams have embraced Youth Soccer Month,” said David Messersmith, president of US Youth Soccer, organizers of Youth Soccer Month. “Their support shows the true circle of life to the youth players. Thousands of players hope to progress from youth to college and on to professional soccer. These games offer the chance to see the next level of play, and know that their goals are attainable.”
“We are proud to support Youth Soccer Month, it is an excellent opportunity to promote the benefits of playing soccer to our youth,” said Scott DeBolt, vice president of operations for the Columbus Crew. “We look forward to a larger celebration next year.”
Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with over 3 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 “pillar” will be the focus of “Celebrating Soccer in America,” a series of national and grassroots events.
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 visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.
For more information about MLS, or the teams joining the celebration please visit www.mlsnet.com.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) - the Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest sports organization in the nation and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the U.S. US Youth Soccer 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.