Tour launches Passback Program's World Record attempt
15-foot-tall jersey and Stickley to lead the Tour across America promoting benefits of healthy, active lifestyle
FRISCO, Texas (August 02, 2010) - US Youth Soccer will kick off the national celebration of Youth Soccer Month on September 1, with the Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour. The tour features a 15-foot-tall inflatable soccer jersey and will travel around the country to promote the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle while collecting gently worn soccer equipment to aid those less fortunate.
Powering the tour is a Youth Soccer Month branded SUV spreading the excitement of soccer to all. Stickley, the US Youth Soccer mascot, will lead the tour taking pictures at various landmarks along the tour's route and with his many fans. Along the way, Stickley will post the photos on YouthSoccerMonth.org and archive his adventures in his very own blog.
The schedule for the tour will be announced soon!
The Giant Jersey Tour will also stop at several Major League Soccer games where the Youth Soccer Month $10,000 Kick promotion will take place during halftime. In addition to these MLS games, the tour will stop at three NSCAA College Game of the Week telecasts on Fox Soccer Channel. Complete information is available on YouthSoccerMonth.org.
To enhance the tour's momentum, US Youth Soccer has partnered with the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program to collect gently used soccer equipment, specifically cleats, at each stop on the tour. To view all stops along the way, click here
The Passback Program helps meet the soccer uniform and equipment needs of all communities, regardless of income, gender or location. Since its inception, the program has grown enormously and thousands of pieces of equipment have been collected and distributed to schools, clubs and youth organizations across the nation.
From a small school in Zimbabwe to an after-school program in inner-city New York, Passback gear has found its way to all corners of the globe! US Youth Soccer is proud to partner with Passback for the Giant Jersey Tour and assist their efforts in collecting equipment and promoting the program.
There are over 150 events currently schedule in support of Youth Soccer Month. For more information about Youth Soccer Month, including online contests and additional events throughout September, including the Passback Program, please go to www.YouthSoccerMonth.org
About Youth Soccer Month –
Youth Soccer Month is celebrated nationally every September and is dedicated to expanding the game of soccer in America. US Youth Soccer leads the initiative to bring together kids and families of all ages and abilities to reinforce the four fundamentals of soccer: Fun, Family, Friendship and Fitness. Implemented in 2002, Youth Soccer Month raises awareness of youth soccer as well as the benefits of the game while emphasizing the No. 1 youth participation sport in America and a leading contributor to the healthy lifestyles of millions of American families. For more information, visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org
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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About the U.S. Soccer Foundation - The U.S. Soccer Foundation was established in 1994 to manage the surplus funds generated by the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States. Under the guidance of its Board of Directors, the Foundation has taken a leading role in supporting the continuous development of the sport at all levels. Over $48 million in grants, financial support and loans have been made to help develop a soccer nation. The Foundation has provided more than 570 grants focused on developing players, coaches and referees and building or enhancing fields and soccer complexes, with a special emphasis on economically disadvantaged urban areas. For more information, or to donate online, please visit: ussoccerfoundation.org.