Giant Jersey Tour continues to be a big hit traveling to games, youth practices in September
This year's Youth Soccer Month was a huge success. As witnessed by the high attendance and participation at nearly 100 college
and eight MLS
games as well as the Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour
, America loves soccer! No wonder it is the largest participation sport in the country.
The second annual Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour traveled over 7,750 miles spreading the positive benefits of soccer. In addition to attending MLS games, the tour also traveled to the Beavercreak Popcorn Festival, numerous landmarks, youth practices and soccer shops. The 15-foot US Youth Soccer jersey and adidas kickwall were the main attractions on the tour. Stickley, US Youth Soccer's mascot, led the tour taking photos with fans and landmarks along the tour's route. Frequently, Stickley updated the Youth Soccer Month Blog
along the way.
The final tour stop took place yesterday at the FC Dallas vs. New England game. The game was held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas which is within the Texas State Fair. The combination led to an amazing crowd and a lot of participation.
During Youth Soccer Month, over 3,200 T-shirts and 20,000 hand fans were passed out to fans. The tour distributed 5,000 new "I Love Youth Soccer Month" buttons, nearly 10,000 pom poms, 2,000 US Youth Soccer tattoos, 1,000 stickers, 1,000 mini soccer balls and 2,000 parent guides. Sponsors also participated by including 2,000 MLS posters, 3,000 Sunbelt cards and 2,000 Liberty Mutual cards. Other prizes included beach towels, koozies, first aid kits, coolers and travel bags. There was plenty to keep the fans engaged and to spread the message of Youth Soccer Month. There is no question that Youth Soccer Month was celebrated across America this September.
New for 2009, US Youth Soccer started tweeting about Youth Soccer Month on Twitter (@soccermonth)
and also created a Facebook fan page
for Youth Soccer Month. Nearly 100 messages and reminders were communicated through these new channels during September.
Continued in 2009, 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.
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 the seventh 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 2010 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