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September Marks Seventh Annual “Youth Soccer Month” Celebration

August 5, 2009 10:00 PM
Nationwide Youth Soccer Month Jersey Tour begins in September
50 college events scheduled
US Youth Soccer, the nation's largest youth sports association, announces the seventh annual National Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America this September and several events highlighting the celebration.
"US Youth Soccer takes great pride in spearheading the Youth Soccer Month initiative to further promote the benefits of fun, family, friendship and fitness associated in playing this wonderful sport," said Larry Monaco, president of US Youth Soccer. "Soccer continues to grow with more children in the United States participating in organized soccer than any other sport. This celebration furthers US Youth Soccer's mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition."
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:
· Fun: (Week of September 1)
Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
· Family: (Week of September 7)
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
· Friendship: (Week of September 14)
The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
· Fitness: (Week of September 21)
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
Youth Soccer Month 2009 includes working with local leadership to organize grassroots public affairs campaigns, numerous local events and media relations initiatives. 
There are currently 50 college events scheduled as well as events slated with Major League Soccer, where US Youth Soccer serves as official grassroots partner to the league. A complete list of events is being finalized and the schedule will be posted soon.
US Youth Soccer is continuing the Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour for its second year. A Youth Soccer Month branded SUV will be touring events across America to share the excitement and promote the benefits of soccer. A life-size Stickley, the US Youth Soccer mascot, will be traveling on the SUV to take pictures with fans and at major landmarks along the tour's route. 

Since its inception, state and local government officials have officially proclaimed September as Youth Soccer Month to further the awareness and benefits of youth soccer. Utah leads the celebration by achieving a renewing proclamation naming September as Youth Soccer Month. Click here for a map of states who have proclaimed.
Youth Soccer Month is a celebration for all of those who participate in soccer and those who would like to start playing 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



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