Soccer for Success
Soccer for Success® is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to address children's health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles in urban underserved communities. The Foundation partners with community-based organizations across the country to operate Soccer for Success sites – providing thousands of children with free afterschool programming three times per week for the entire school year.
In 2011 and 2013, Soccer for Success received a two-year grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund to promote healthy lifestyles among youth in urban areas. The Foundation was one of five organizations to receive this prestigious grant for its groundbreaking work. In addition, Soccer for Success received a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP) in 2013 and 2014 to enhance the mentorship aspect of Soccer for Success in different cities across the nation.
Recently, a year-long extensive study was conducted on Soccer for Success, and results showed that the children enrolled in Soccer for Success experience statistically significant greater health improvements - in comparison to children enrolled in other non-athletic, non-nutrition-based afterschool programming with similar schedules to Soccer for Success!
For more information on the study and its results, visit ussoccerfoundation.org/sfsevaluation.