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, Soccer for Success received a two-year grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund to promote helathy lifestyles among youth in urban areas. The Foundation was one of five organizations to receive this prestigious grant for its groundbreaking work.
Physical Activity: Children participate in 90 minute sessions at least three days a week to ensure they receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
Nutrition: Soccer for Success staff deliver relevant educational activities where participants are taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.
Mentorship: Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serve as mentors that are invested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
In order to ensure that all Soccer for Success coaches properly execute the program, coaches must attend our Soccer for Success National Coaches Training in Washington, DC. This event is an opportunity for coaches and program administrators to learn the latest Soccer for Success curriculum. Sessions include on-field training and workshops covering topics ranging from behavior management to nutrition.
Family Engagement: Soccer for Success strives to turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program's teachings by applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information on nutrition, health, and public services that will aide them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.