Downtown Soccer Club Receives U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant
The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a grant to Downtown Soccer Club to support the implementation of a competitive soccer program in economically challenged neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California.
- Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) March 14, 2012 - On February 3, 2012 the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, awarded sixty grants totaling $2.4 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in urban, underserved areas in twenty states across the nation. Since being established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $55 million to non-profit organizations in all 50 states.
Through the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2012 Annual Grants program, the Foundation strives to continue its mission of enhancing and growing the sport of soccer as well as improving the well-being of children in underserved areas. Grant awards support the programming and equipment needs of non-profit organizations that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and live a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to providing grants to support soccer programs, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded eighteen Synthetic Field Building grants to develop new FieldTurf soccer fields around the country. Supported by adidas, FieldTurf and MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer's community outreach program, the Synthetic Field Building program provides safe places for children to play in at-risk communities.
"We are pleased to have earned the recognition and support of the Foundation for our efforts to serve the children of downtown Los Angeles," said Salvador Avalos, president of Downtown Soccer Club. "Grants from supporting institutions like the U.S. Soccer Foundation are essential to our mission of providing a world-class youth soccer program for the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Los Angeles."
"The U.S. Soccer Foundation is honored to support initiatives that give children in underserved urban communities access to soccer programs that encourage positive physical and social development," said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. "All children should have the opportunity to be involved with programs that promote active, healthy lifestyles and that provide an alternative to the many negative influences children face today."
Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Annual Grants program is provided by the Foundation's Corporate Partners' Council, a cohort of soccer industry leaders including Eurosport, FieldTurf, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, PEVO Sports and Sport Court.
About Downtown Soccer Club
Downtown Soccer Club was formed in 2007 as Los Angeles Cosmos Soccer Club to serve immigrant neighborhoods immediately west of downtown Los Angeles (Pico-Union and Westlake). In 2011, the club expanded to serve the neighborhoods immediately east of downtown Los Angeles (Pico Aliso and Boyle Heights) and renamed itself, Downtown Soccer Club. The mission of Downtown Soccer Club is to provide the children of the metropolitan Los Angeles area with a world-class competitive soccer experience without regard to national origin or ability to pay.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has invested more than $55 million in all 50 states. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide underserved youth in urban communities with opportunities that promote positive behavior, healthy lifestyles, self-confidence and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors.
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