Partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation

Since 2011, Soccer Shots has partnered with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to improve the lives of children in underserved communities through soccer.

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP

At Soccer Shots, we believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Unfortunately, many children don’t have access to soccer programs or soccer fields to play the game. In fact, according to the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, 77% of children growing up in households that earn less than $25,000 don’t play sports at all.

That’s why we work with the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Together with the Foundation, we provide children in underserved communities with opportunities to participate in high-quality soccer programs at little or no cost to families. We’re connecting children to caring and trained coach-mentors who support their physical and personal development. And we’re creating safe places to play through the creation of mini-pitches and the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play  program.

The result? Children are healthier, more active, and have the tools they need to succeed both on and off the pitch.

OUR IMPACT: BY THE NUMBERS

We’ve supported the creation of six mini-pitches through the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play  program. These six mini-pitches provide hundreds of children with access to free play and structured soccer programs.



We’ve supported the Urban Soccer Symposium for seven years and counting. Individuals from more than 350 organizations have attended this annual conference over the years. The event shares best practices for the sports-based youth development field and provides attendees with tangible tools for using soccer (and sports) for social change in their communities.

SPOTLIGHT: MINI-PITCHES

In July 2020, the U.S. Soccer Foundation installed its 300th mini-pitch, marking significant progress in its efforts to create 1,000 mini-pitches by 2026. At Soccer Shots, we’re proud to have played a role in bringing six of these mini-pitches to communities across the country. From Washington, D.C. and Texas to Colorado and Oregon, we know that hundreds of children are benefitting from a safe place to play soccer right in their neighborhoods thanks to our support.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

With your support, the U.S. Soccer Foundation can provide the joy and benefits of soccer to more children in underserved communities. Every dollar makes a difference.

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