Giant Jersey Tour is a huge success covering over 7,500 miles with inaugural trek
This year's Youth Soccer Month was a huge success. As witnessed by the high attendance and participation at college events and the free youth clinics of Youth Soccer Month, America loves soccer! No wonder it is the largest participation sport in the country.
From President George W. Bush's letter of celebration
to the more than 147 events at colleges
across the nation, 24 free youth clinics by US Youth Soccer State Associations and seven MLS events the excitement was non-stop! Over 200 banners, 6,000 Youth Soccer Month t-shirts and 78,000 pom poms were distributed – there is no question that Youth Soccer Month was celebrated across America this September.
The sixth annual celebration also featured many new events and increased excitement. A 15-foot jersey was the main attraction of the new Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour
that traveled over 7,500 miles spreading the excitement of soccer to all and promoting the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. Stickley, the US Youth Soccer mascot, led the tour taking pictures with fans and landmarks along the tour's route, while frequently updating Youth Soccer Month Blog
along the way.
To enhance the tour's momentum, US Youth Soccer partnered with the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program to collect gently used soccer equipment, specifically cleats, at each stop on the tour. The Foundation plans on setting the World Record for the longest consecutive line of shoes and Youth Soccer Month kicked off the effort to break the record.
The final tour stop took place yesterday at the adidas America Headquarters in Portland, Ore. Over 300 adults and 100 children celebrated with the 15-foot Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey, music and games, with chances to win great prizes, including a trip to a Seattle Sounders game. Players from the Portland Timbers provided kids' soccer clinics. During the course of the celebration over 325 hamburgers, 425 hotdogs, 450 potato chip bags, 450 drinks, 80 lbs. of potato salad and 50 lbs. of pasta salad were consumed.
Also new for 2008, Youth Soccer Month Action Days encouraged everyone to get involved in the celebration. Four fun training activities kept everyone in the action on Thursdays and children shared their soccer pride by wearing their jersey to school on Fridays during Youth Soccer Month.
National Youth Soccer Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of playing youth soccer in America. The goals of Youth Soccer Month are:
1. Emphasize soccer as the No. 1 youth participation sport in America and as a leading contributor to the healthy lifestyle of millions of American families.
2. Bring kids and families of all ages and all abilities together for fun, family, friendship and fitness.
3. Highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs.
As sixth annual Youth Soccer Month comes to an end, please continue to send stories, photos, etc. of how you chose to celebrate to firstname.lastname@example.org
. We look forward to Youth Soccer Month 2009 and the new events and stories to follow. Remember, one of the fastest ways you can support Youth Soccer Month is to change an existing event to a Youth Soccer Month related title. To all of those who created special events around the celebration – THANK YOU!
Thank you again for your support of Youth Soccer Month and the millions of youth athlete participants!
Does the excitement of Youth Soccer Month have you ready to get out and get in the game, but you don't know how to register? US Youth Soccer offers recreational and competitive soccer programs for all boys and girls ages five - 19. You can register to play through your US Youth Soccer State Association. By calling your State Association, you will be directed to a club and league near you to contact for registration information. Get your State Association information and begin the process by clicking here