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October 11, 2012
Program launches in Philly area

WASHINGTON, D.C., - The U.S. Soccer Foundation, has launched the fall season of its soccer-based afterschool program, Soccer for Success.

The program provides K-8 children in underserved urban communities with structured physical activity, nutrition education and mentorship at no cost to their families. Children in the program exercise for 90 minutes a day, at least three times per week, for 24 weeks in the academic year.

Soccer for Success pairs soccer drills with nutrition education, both of which are taught by consistent, caring adults whose primary focus is to provide children with the opportunity to develop positive physical and social skills. In the 2011-2012 program year, Soccer for Success served approximately 8,000 children in eight cities nationwide. With the support of the Social Innovation Fund, the Foundation will expand to serve approximately 15,000 children in 20 cities nationwide by the end of the 2012-2013 program year, which ends June 2013.

Local organizations taking part in the program are:
Camden, NJ - Boys and Girls Club of Camden County
Chester, PA - Widener University (Chester Upland)
Philadelphia, PA - J.T. Dorsey Foundation
Trenton, NJ - Boys and Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County

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