FRISCO, Texas (May 20, 2010)
– US Youth Soccer
awards the first 10 Soccer Across America State Association Membership Development grants.
US Youth Soccer State Associations
are recognized for their investment in extending the game of soccer to underserved communities, specifically through US Youth Soccer's Soccer Across America
program. The grants awarded will continue 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.
US Youth Soccer national board of directors have approved this program over a three-year term with the total amount awarded estimated to be $500,000.
""We are proud to offer this grant and continue to expand the reach of soccer and our organization. We hope that many children will benefit from both the expansion and new programs created,"" said Larry Monaco, president of US Youth Soccer. ""Congratulations to our members and we look forward to seeing continued success through our Soccer Across America programs.""
2010 Soccer Across America State Association Membership Development grant recipients:
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. Focused on making soccer available to children in unserved and underserved communities, 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 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.
US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the UnitedStates. US Youth Soccer is a nationwide body of over 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and over 300,000 dedicated coaches, most of who also are volunteers. US Youth Soccer registers over 3,000,000 youth players between the ages of five and 19. The organization is made up of 55 member State Associations; one in each state, and two in California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Other member organizations also have an opportunity to receive Soccer Across America grants for their programs, learn more at USYouthSoccer.org/grants.asp
. Applications for the 2011 grant period will be announced in October. For more information, please visit USYouthSoccer.org
or contact Matt Moran, member services specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) –
US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®"
is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org