National celebration highlights benefits of soccer
Over 120 college events scheduled
Ohio, Utah and Washington officially proclaim for 2007
“As soccer continues to grow with more children in the United States participating in organized soccer than any other sport,” stated Larry Monaco, 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 messages of Youth Soccer month are:
Fitness: (Week of September 3) –
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
Fun: (Week of September 10) -
Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
Family: (Week of September 17) -
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
Friendship: (Week of September 24) -
The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
Plans for this year’s Youth Soccer Month include working with local leadership to organize grassroots public affairs campaigns, numerous local events, media relations initiatives and more.
“Supporting Youth Soccer Month can be as simple as a student wearing their soccer jersey to school,” said Jim Cosgrove, Executive Director of US Youth Soccer. “Regardless of how you celebrate, this is about spreading the positive message our sport plays in the lives of America’s youth. Get out and get in the game!”
There are currently over 120 college events scheduled as well as events slated with Major League Soccer, where US Youth Soccer serves as official grassroots partner to the league. The first college events begin August 31 at Louisiana State, University of Portland and the Wright State Classic. Click Schedule of Events
to learn more and check back as new events are continuing to be added.
Since its inception, state and local government officials have officially proclaimed September as Youth Soccer Month to further the awareness youth soccer. Leading this year’s celebration are Ohio, Utah and Washington who have proclaimed this September as Youth Soccer Month.
Youth Soccer Month is a celebration for all of those who participate in soccer. The celebration highlights 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.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and 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.
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