Sport Court® Continues Partnership with U.S. Soccer Foundation as Street Soccer USA Cup Gets Underway June 10-12, 2011

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Sport Court provides specially-designed playing surfaces for tournament, which will send a team to France for the 9th annual Homeless World Cup.

When the 2011 Street Soccer USA Cup gets underway at Kastles Stadium June 10-12, it will also mark the continued partnership between the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of U.S. Soccer, and Sport Court®, the Utah-based supplier of indoor and outdoor futsal surfaces.

Sport Court is providing five specially-designed playing surfaces for the tournament, which will send a team to France for the 9th annual Homeless World Cup. Teams from throughout the U.S. will compete in the Street Soccer USA Cup.

Events include the opening ceremonies Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m., to be followed by the matches.
Games will continue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11; and resume on Sunday, June 12, from 10 a.m., with finals at 4 p.m.

Sport Court has been the official supplier of surfaces to the event since 2008.

“Street Soccer USA and the World Homeless Cup are events that provide a powerful force to effect social change and help people from throughout the U.S. and the world to break-out of difficult social and living conditions they may find themselves in, said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court.

Cerny cited a film, “Kickin’ It,” that features the personal stories of many of the athletes who have taken part in street soccer and whose lives have changed as a result of the competition.

“Sport Court works with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to identify and then assist grantees in urban, disadvantaged or needy communities by providing them with soccer surfaces and facilities,” said Cerny.

Other supporters of the tournament include the Urban Ministry Center, the National Coalition for the Homeless, Wachovia and the Leonsis Family Foundation.

“The Foundation continues to be inspired by the mission and positive impact of the Homeless World Cup program and is proud to build upon our past support for Street Soccer USA,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We’re delighted to partner with Sport Court® in providing the custom, high-performance playing surfaces being used at this year’s Street Soccer USA Cup.”

Street soccer is a mini-version of the traditional game of soccer, which can be played on any hard, flat rectangular surface, roughly the size of a tennis court. The Sport Court surfaces give the U.S. team an attractive, safe play area, and a sense of identity for the players. Four players compete on each side (one of them is a goalie) and games last for 14 minutes each. While games are short, they are very fast-paced.

The Homeless World Cup began in 2003 as a “catalyst for lasting change through the development of street soccer worldwide in a way that creates maximum social impact for the players involved—the socially excluded, homeless people and people living in poverty.”

For more information, please visit http://www.streetsoccerusa.org

About Sport Court
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court International surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world.    Sport Court® is a registered trademark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Sport Court is proud to be the only sports surfacing company in the world that is independently audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and fully ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.
For more Sport Court information contact:
Jeff Morton, Marketing Manager, Connor Sport Court
801-712-6411
jmorton(at)sportcourt(dot)com

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Established in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has invested more than $51 million, supporting hundreds of projects in all 50 states. The U.S. Soccer Foundation supports programs and field building projects that provide low-income and at-risk youth in urban communities with soccer programs that promote education, healthy lifestyles, leadership and positive alternatives to drugs, crime and other at-risk behaviors.
http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org

For information on the U.S. Soccer Foundation please contact
Greg Griffith, U.S. Soccer Foundation, 202-872-6662, ggriffith(at)ussoccerfoundation(dot)org.

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