Presentation on theme: "U.S. Soccer Foundation Our Role The Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States About us: Our goal is to improve social and health outcomes among."— Presentation transcript:
U.S. Soccer Foundation Our Role The Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States About us: Our goal is to improve social and health outcomes among youth in underserved urban communities through soccer. Since 1995, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded almost $60 million in grants to more than 600 organizations in all 50 states.
“The Game is in US” 24 million total participants in U.S. 4 million registered youth players – the largest organized youth sport 60% boys, 40% girls Girls and women make up 50% high-school and 50% college players U.S. Women’s Olympic team just won 3 rd consecutive Gold medal
The World’s Game 265 Million Players Worldwide –3.2 Billion watched the 2010 World Cup final, almost half the global population. –2010 World Cup was televised in every country on earth, including Antarctica. –118 million: cumulative USA TV audience (42% of population) –Manchester United Valued at $2.3 billion. Ranks #1 in the World
Reaching Immigrants through Soccer There are 196 countries in the world There are thousands of languages in the world You can go to almost any country, no matter what language you speak and play soccer. Immigrants understand soccer, even if they do not understand English. Using Soccer as a hook, you can engage immigrants and provide additional benefits like nutrition education through soccer.
Challenges for Immigrant Youth 34% of kindergarten immigrant boys are obese or overweight, compared with 25% of native-born Americans, according to the Education Department. By eighth grade, that number rises to 49%, compared with 33% among natives. Immigrants youth from underserved communities lack safe places to play in out of school time Children receive only 6% of recommended Moderate to Vigorous Activity in school PE * Sources: The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Department of Health and Human Services 2006 School Health Policies and Programs Study, Department of Education report, “After School Programs: Keeping Children Safe and Smart” by An-Me Chung; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Education Week, June 10, 2010.
Health Benefits of Soccer Stanford University Sports to Prevent Obesity Randomized Trial (SPORT) Study Found: 1.Children who play soccer had: a)significant decreases in Body Mass b)significant increases in daily moderate and vigorous physical activity. 2.“An after-school soccer program for overweight children can be a feasible, acceptable, and efficacious intervention for weight control.” Stanford University SPORT study, ARCH PEDIATR ADOLESC MED/VOL 162 (NO. 3), MAR 2008
Soccer for Success: Overview After-School Soccer-Based Youth Development Program for Children in Grades K-8 FREE to participants 3 sessions/week delivering 60 minutes of exercise 24 weeks a year Run by trained coaches & volunteers 15:1 Child to Mentor Ratio Children receive uniforms, equipment and soccer balls 89% reduce their BMI Program Goals Maintenance of a healthy BMI Meet CDC daily physical activity requirements Increase children’s knowledge of nutrition Improve academic and social outcomes Parental engagement