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US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America grants awarded to 36 beneficiaries

May 4, 2009 10:00 PM
$85,000 awarded to programs for soccer development
Organization tops $2 million in total grant support since 1998
1998 - 2009 grant winner history - TOPSoccer | Soccer Across America
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, today announced that it has awarded grants to 36 different groups nationwide as part of its 12th annual grants cycle. In all, through its partnership with adidas, US Youth Soccer awarded $85,000 of adidas merchandise to 17 TOPSoccer and 19 Soccer Across America groups for soccer development.

Since 1998, the organization has awarded more than $2 million for the growth of the game of soccer through grants and other financial support.
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.

Soccer Across America (formerly known as Soccer Start) is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues. Soccer Across America provides soccer training and administrative guidance to players and organizations who might otherwise not be exposed to the sport. Soccer Across America also helps new programs find the funding and equipment to begin and then to expand their activities. In the past several years, US Youth Soccer has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial and material support to programs across the United States.
"We believe US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs further our mission of fostering the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition," said Larry Monaco, president of US Youth Soccer. "We are delighted with the overall quality of the applications received from around the country this year, and look forward to the many positives that are sure to follow."
Since the first grants were made in 1998, US Youth Soccer has issued 444 awards to groups large and small across the United States. Specifically for TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs, these grants continue to assist in soccer development programs and furthering the game for all kids.
The 2009 grants represent a wide array of community-based initiatives from across the country.
2009 TOPSoccer grant recipients:

Wallingford Youth Soccer TOPSoccer
Wallingford, Conn.
Kirkwood TOPSoccer
New Castle, Del.
Blackstone Millville TOPSoccer
Blackstone, Mass.
Bridgewater TOPSoccer
Bridgewater, Mass.
Mendham, N.J.
Topeka TOPSoccer
Topeka, Kan.
Arsenal TOPSoccer
Omaha, Neb.
Gretna TOPSoccer
Gretna, Neb.
Braden River Soccer Club
Bradenton, Fla.
Mississippi Coast Special Needs Soccer Association
Biloxi, Miss.
Greensboro Youth Soccer TOPSoccer
Greensboro, N.C.
Mebane Youth Soccer Association TOPSoccer
Mebane, N.C.
TOPSoccer Alaska
TOPSoccer Stars
Scotts Valley, Calif.
Pride Panthers TOPSoccer
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Idaho Youth Soccer Association TOPSoccer
Washington Youth Soccer TOPSoccer

2009 Soccer Across America grant recipients:

Kirkwood S.C. Latino Youth Program
New Castle, Del.
Friends of Patterson Park
Baltimore, Md.
Our Youth Soccer Association
Irvington, N.J.
Buffalo Soccer Club
Buffalo, N.Y.
Queens Soccer Foundation
Queens, N.Y.
Hamptons United Soccer Club
East Quogue, N.Y.
South Bronx United S.C.
New York, N.Y.
The JT Dorsey Foundation
Harrisburg, Penn.
West Chester United S.C. Community Development Program
West Chester, Penn.
East River Soccer Association
Princeton, W.Va.
United Soccer League of Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo.
Red River Soccer Club
Fargo, N.D.
Eastern Lawrence Youth Soccer Association
Kitts Hill, Ohio
Atlanta Football Club of Decatur
Decatur, Ga.
Soccer Innovations of America
New Orleans, La.
Porter Youth Soccer
Porter, Okla.
Cainhoy Athletic S.C.
Charleston, S.C.
Parajo Valley Youth S.C.
Watsonville, Calif.
Hillside Soccer Club
Portland, Ore.
For more information about these TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs, please click the links. 
The 2010 US Youth Soccer grant applications are currently being updated and more information will be communicated at a later date. Contact Matt Moran, US Youth Soccer Member Services, to receive the most current information at
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