Amelia Shister via Crowdrise
October 23, 2013
BENEFITING: US Soccer Federation Foundation, Inc.
EVENT: Marine Corps Marathon 2013
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
Thanks to everyone who as dontated so far-we've reached the goal! Keep donating so we can help get more programs set up! Also, I've gotten my bib number: 3610, so be sure to follow my progress on the 27th!
I'm running my first marathon (eek!) and so I thought I would try to raise money for a cause very dear to my heart: Soccer for Success. This program is part of the US Soccer Foundation - an organization I benefited from as a child. As an avid soccer player, I wanted to be sure to give something back!
Please donate today, any amount will help!
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under served urban communities. In August 2011, the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program received a two-year grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund to promote healthy lifestyles among youth in urban communities. Partnering with community-based organizations, the U.S. Soccer Foundation operates Soccer for Success sites across the U.S. – providing thousands of children in grades K-8 with free after-school programming. In the 2012-2013 program year, Soccer for Success will reach approximately 16,000 children nationwide.
4 Components of Soccer for Success
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.
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.
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.
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.
Addressing National Issues
CHILDHOOD OBESITY: Childhood obesity is one of the most pressing problems facing our children today. In the United States, nearly one in three children is overweight or obese. The problem is even more acute in underserved communities. More than 20 million children are at-risk to develop a host of obesity-related health issues. $147 billion is being spent annually treating medical conditions that are directly related to obesity.
This issue isn’t about how our kids look. It’s about how our kids feel. It’s about their health and the health of our nation and the health of our economy. There is no doubt that this is a serious problem and it’s one that is affecting every community across this country. - First Lady Michelle Obama
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: In the United States, 1.2 million juveniles are arrested each year. Every four minutes a minor is arrested for a drug offense and every seven minutes a minor is arrested for a violent crime. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the most dangerous period for juveniles to both commit and be victims of crime is the three-to-four hours immediately following the school day.
Solution: Soccer for Success
The Soccer for Success program was designed to address these serious issues. The U.S. Soccer Foundation seeks to fill the void created by limited after-school programs by giving the most vulnerable children in our country an opportunity to work with mentors and develop important life skills through Soccer for Success.
Soccer for Success programs provide a fun way to improve a child’s overall health – increasing strength, agility and endurance while also serving as a positive outlet. It helps guide children away from negative influences such as gangs and violence by providing them with safe and healthy places to play during after-school hours - the most dangerous hours of the day. Participants receive attention and support from caring mentors and coaches who work to ensure that they develop into healthy and successful young adults.
“After Soccer for Success, I can honestly say that all the students involved in that "gang" activity were no longer involved. Instead, they belong to a new team called: Soccer for Success. They were meeting after school to play soccer and they voluntarily stayed for tutorials. Your passion to help children is visible.” - Zandra T. Aguilar, Assistant Principal, Patrick Henry Middle School, Houston