Archive | December, 2013

Gonzo Soccer Receives U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant!

19 Dec

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Chicago, Ill. (December 19, 2013) – The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a grant to Gonzo Soccer to support Gonzo Soccer’s initiatives as a soccer and leadership academy targeting girls aged 8-16 in underserved communities of Chicago, Illinois, and Houston, Texas. The young girls are provided soccer and life skills training from top female soccer coaches in order to improve health and fitness, boost academic standing, and foster personal development. Gonzo Soccer was founded by Monica Gonzalez, former captain of the Mexico women’s national team and current ESPN analyst, and Alyse LaHue, General Manager for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 37 grants totaling more than $1.8 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation.

In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and utilize it to improve the positive health and social outcomes for children, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programming and field-building initiatives nationwide.  Non-profit organizations eligible to receive grant funding include those that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and provide programming aimed at keeping children in under-resourced communities active, healthy, and safe.

“Our goal at the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to provide children with access to quality soccer programs that support both physical and personal development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that not only help grow the game of soccer, but make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families in their communities.”

37 awards were distributed this grant cycle, with 19 bestowed as part of the Safe Places to Play program. The Safe Places to Play program seeks to build or enhance field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide spaces that are safe for children to play soccer. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve over 1,000 safe places for children nationwide.

“We have been huge fans of the work that the U.S. Soccer Foundation does for local communities and are thrilled to be a part of their initiatives,” said Gonzo Soccer Co-Founder Alyse LaHue. “Gonzo’s program goals are aligned with the mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and this will help us to continue to grow and positively impact more young girls.”

Gonzo Soccer’s year-round program helps at-risk girls endure the perils of urban living, thereby growing into strong, healthy women who attend college and become productive citizens and leaders. Gonzo Soccer is also running programming for girls in Mexico and Colombia.

Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including, FieldTurf, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, PEVO Sports, Soccer.com and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has now awarded more than $60 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities.  Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $60 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.

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