U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation

U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation
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The US Soccer Foundation (USSF) will support the expansion and replication of Soccer for Success (SfS), a no-cost, after-school, sports-based youth development program whose goal is to improve health by arresting and reducing obesity through physical activity and nutrition education. Subgrantees are located in urban areas and participate in sophisticated data collection documenting effects on participants’ body mass index (BMI) and physical fitness.

Grantee Information
Federal Awards: 
$2 million over two years (2011-2012) $2.6 million over two years in 2013
Geographic Focus: 
El Monte, CA; Denver, CO, Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, Camden, NJ; Trenton, NJ; Buffalo, NY; Dayton, OH; Chester, PA; Houston, TX; Seattle WA, and Washington, DC
Collaborating Funders: 
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and United Health Foundation

Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center Los Angeles,CAThe USSFF will administer SIF grant awards and provide oversight and technical assistance to its subgrantees, which will implement and conduct Soccer for Success (SfS) programs, the USSFF's signature anti-obesity effort, for five years. SfS uses a group mentoring model in a sports-based environment to encourage physical activity with an infusion of nutrition, health education, and healthy lifestyles. SfS's goal of improving participants' health will be followed using quantitative indicators for the following measurable outcomes: reduction in body mass index (BMI), increase in nutrition knowledge, and increase in fitness levels.

Rigorous data collection and evaluation will support preliminary evidence and demonstrate that Soccer for Success (SfS) is an economical, scalable, and evidence-based program to arrest, prevent, and reduce obesity, a national health crisis of staggering proportions.

Track Record before Social Innovation Fund Grant:

  • The US Soccer Foundation was established with the proceeds from the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In its 15 years, USSF has distributed over $55 million in grant awards and financial assistance to over 600 entities in each of the 50 states to develop safe and accessible play spaces or to conduct programs. Over 1,100 such spaces now exist due to their support, and USSF programming has put soccer within reach for 5 million individuals.
  • The National Alliance for Hispanic Health, a longtime USSF partner, provides training to ensure cultural competency in all USSF programs. With its strong cultural influence, soccer is a vehicle to reach at-risk Hispanic youth.

Progress:

  • US Soccer has 13 subgrantee programs operating in different urban centers across the US. All subgrantee funds are currently allocated.  
  • Subgrantees have just completed their first full year of programming featuring a fall and spring season. US Soccer surpassed its goal of serving 12,000 youth, serving 12,830 children. Programs captured pre- and post-outcome data on the youth participants which will inform their implementation study.
  • The program expects to receive the report on its first year of implementation shortly and will begin implementing its impact study during the fall 2013 season.
  • US Soccer Federation Foundation’s board has committed to meeting the SIF intermediary match and subgrantees have met 100% of their first year programming match.  
  • U.S. Soccer held three successful trainings, instructing programs on implementing the Soccer for Success model. Site visits have ensured program fidelity and offered opportunity to technical assistance.
     

Nonprofits Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from the U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation

Boys & Girls Club of Camden CountyHouston Parks and Recreation
Boys & Girls Club of Metro AtlantaIndependent Health Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Trenton & Mercer CountyThink Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL)
Brotherhood CrusadeWashington Youth Soccer
Colorado Fusion Soccer ClubWidener University
DC SCORESYMCA of Greater Dayton
El Monte Community Building Initiative (CBI) 

Boys & Girls Club of Camden County
Camden, NJ
Award Amount: $100,000

The Boys and Girls Club of Camden County will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through Soccer for Success in Camden, over 800 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. With an already established track record of providing athletic programming focused on youth development and health outcomes, the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. They have partnered with the Campbell Soup Foundation, Catholic Partnership Schools, and LEAP Academy University Charter School to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact on the community. As Soccer for Success is implemented, it is anticipated that the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County will expand this program to more effectively combat childhood obesity throughout the area.


Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
Award Amount: $100,000

The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through Soccer for Success in Atlanta, over 650 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. With an already established track record of providing athletic programming focused on youth development and health outcomes, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. They have partnered with the Atlanta Falcons Foundation and Tucker Youth Soccer Association to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact on the community. As Soccer for Success is implemented, it is anticipated that the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta will expand this program to more effectively combat childhood obesity throughout the area.


Boys & Girls Club of Trenton & Mercer County
Trenton, NJ
Award Amount: $145,000

The Boys and Girls Club of Trenton will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through Soccer for Success in Trenton, an estimated 1,000 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to demonstrate positive physical health outcomes. With an already established track record of providing athletic programming focused on youth development and health outcomes, the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. They have partnered with multiple organizations, such as local universities and soccer-specific groups to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact on the community. As Soccer for Success is implemented, it is anticipated that the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton will expand this program to more effectively combat childhood obesity throughout the area.


Brotherhood Crusade
Los Angeles, CA
Award Amount: $300,000

Brotherhood Crusade will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, an estimated 1,600 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. With an already established track record of providing athletic programming focused on youth development and health outcomes, Brotherhood Crusade will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. With over 40 years of experience serving the South Los Angeles communities, Brotherhood Crusade has strong relationships with other local organizations and municipalities to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact on the community.


Colorado Fusion Soccer Club
Denver, CO
Award Amount: $150,000

Colorado Fusion Soccer Club will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, over 1,100 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. Colorado Fusion Soccer Club has partnered with America SCORES Denver and the Piton Foundation to operate this program in the “Children’s Corridor,” a 14-mile strip in Denver and Aurora, CO with a high population of children living in poverty. Utilizing the expertise of America SCORES Denver in regards to working with children in low-income communities, and the Piton Foundation in regards to effectively tracking measurable health outcomes, Colorado Fusion Soccer Club will expand their current soccer programming and utilize the Soccer for Success curriculum to make a definite and lasting impact on one of the most at-risk areas of Greater Denver.


DC SCORES
Washington, DC
Award Amount: $100,000

DC SCORES will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative afterschool youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, an estimated 650 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. DC SCORES is very experienced with offering after-school soccer opportunities to low-income youth and this opportunity will allow them to utilize the Soccer for Success curriculum to expand and enhance their current soccer programming. They have partnered with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and KIPP DC to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact in the Greater DC area.


El Monte Community Building Initiative (CBI)
El Monte, CA
Award Amount: $135,000

El Monte Community Building Initiative will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through Soccer for Success in El Monte, over 1,000 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. El Monte CBI is a product of the California Community Foundation (CCF), which has supported collaborations like this that foster community engagement and improve quality of life for people in Los Angeles County and beyond. The Soccer for Success program will allow El Monte CBI to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. They have established a “Soccer for Success Task Force,” which is responsible for the implementation of this program. The Task Force includes leadership from CCF, Our Saviour Center, local residents, schools, and city representatives. As Soccer for Success is implemented, it is anticipated that the El Monte CBI will expand this program to more effectively combat childhood obesity throughout the area.


Houston Parks and Recreation
Houston, TX
Award Amount: $115,000

Houston Parks & Recreation Department will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, over 900 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. With an established track record of providing athletic programming focused on youth development and health outcomes, Houston Parks & Recreation Department will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity that has measurable health outcomes. As a municipality, Houston Parks & Recreation Department has ample access to field space, as well as a commitment from the city to ensure this program’s success.


Independent Health Foundation
Buffalo, NY
Award Amount: $150,000

Independent Health Foundation will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, over 1,100 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. Independent Health Foundation has partnered with Buffalo Soccer Club and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County to operate this program. Using these organizations’ experience working with children in low-income communities, Independent Health Foundation will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity that has measurable health outcomes. As Soccer for Success is implemented, it is anticipated that this program will expand to more effectively combat childhood obesity throughout the Greater Buffalo area.


Think Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL)
Detroit, MI
Award Amount: $150,000

Think Detroit PAL will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, over 900 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. With an established track record of providing athletic programming focused on youth development and health outcomes, Think Detroit PAL will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. With a rich history of serving the Detroit Community, Think Detroit PAL has strong relationships with other local organizations and municipalities to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact on the community.


Washington Youth Soccer
Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $100,000

Washington Youth Soccer will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, over 800 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. Washington Youth Soccer is very experienced in offering high quality soccer instruction and this opportunity will allow them to utilize the Soccer for Success curriculum to expand and enhance their current soccer programming, by serving children in lowincome communities. Washington Youth Soccer has strong relationships with many community organizations to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact on the Greater Seattle area.


Widener University
Chester, PA
Award Amount: $100,000

Widener University will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through this Soccer for Success program, over 700 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to demonstrate positive physical health outcomes. The Soccer for Success program will allow Widener University to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. Widener University has established a rich collaboration of local organizations that will ensure an effective implementation of this program. In addition to the many resources provided by the university, such as involvement from the athletic department, School of Education, and School of Nursing, Widener has also involved the Philadelphia Union, the Chester Youth Collaborative, and other local foundations and health-oriented entities to make a lasting impact in the Chester area through the Soccer for Success program.


YMCA of Greater Dayton
Dayton, OH
Award Amount: $155,000

The YMCA of Greater Dayton will operate Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Through Soccer for Success in Dayton, over 1,000 youth will be provided with physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement opportunities. Quantitative and qualitative measurements such as Body Mass Index, Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test, and nutrition surveys will be conducted to assess positive physical health outcomes. With an established track record of providing athletic programming focused on youth development and health outcomes, the YMCA of Greater Dayton will utilize Soccer for Success to establish a curriculum-based program that engages children three days a week, for at least 90 minutes, with 60 minutes being moderate to vigorous physical activity. They have partnered with multiple organizations, such as local universities and soccer-specific groups to ensure this program has a definite and lasting impact on the community. As Soccer for Success is implemented, it is anticipated that the YMCA of Greater Dayton will expand this program to more effectively combat childhood obesity throughout the area.

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