"US Youth Soccer looks forward each year to spearheading the Youth Soccer Month initiative. We take great pride in promoting the benefits of playing this wonderful sport including fun, family, friendship and fitness," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer. "More American children play 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."
Youth Soccer Month 2010 includes working with local leadership to organize grassroots public affairs campaigns, numerous local events and media relations initiatives.
Currently scheduled are 50 college events
and six NSCAA Games of the Week
on Fox Soccer Channel, US Youth Soccer's official broadcast partner. Spectators will receive Youth Soccer Month pom poms and fans to celebrate. Select spectators will receive Youth Soccer Month T-shirts.
"The NSCAA is proud to promote Youth Soccer Month through our relationship with Fox Soccer Channel and the NSCAA College Game of the Week broadcasts," said Joe Cummings, NSCAA CEO and executive director. "Youth Soccer Month extends our game's reach by highlighting the benefits of the game to young people throughout the world. A watch party is an excellent way for our member coaches to educate their teams by encouraging them to watch the great soccer being played by former youth players now at the collegiate level."
US Youth Soccer is continuing the Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour
for its third 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 blog
and take pictures with fans at events and major landmarks along the tour's route. In addition to stopping at MLS games, tournaments and festivals, the tour has seven stops at Sports Authority stores, where a $100 Sports Authority gift card will be given away.
New for 2010, US Youth Soccer will be giving away 500 Youth Soccer Month Game-in-a-Box kits, featuring everything a young player needs to start playing. The kit includes an adidas World Cup Replique Ball, four Kwik Goal Small Disk Cones, a US Youth Soccer FUEL Magazine
and an activity guide
to get started.
daily in September for a chance to win the Ball-a-Day Giveaway. The daily prize is an adidas World Cup Match Ball ($150 each) and the 30 daily winners will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize - a $1,000 adidas gift card!
Follow Youth Soccer Month on Twitter @soccermonth
to learn more about how to get involved in Youth Soccer Month and find out when the Giant Jersey Tour will be making surprise stops near you. Become a fan at Facebook.com/YouthSoccerMonth
and add photos when you spot the Giant Jersey Tour or of you and your friends celebrating Youth Soccer Month.
How can you celebrate?
· Ball-a-Day Giveaway and a grand prize drawing for one $1,000 adidas gift card
Each week during Youth Soccer Month a different message 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 6)
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
· Friendship: (Week of September 13)
The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
· Fitness: (Week of September 20)
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
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 that have proclaimed and learn how you can ask your state to proclaim Youth Soccer Month.