U.S. Soccer Foundation provides THINK Together with $25,000 for Children in the Extended Learning Time Program

The money will go toward the purchase of equipment and to support program operations and will help provide children with healthy environment.

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Santa Ana, California (PRWEB) March 06, 2013

The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded $25,000 to THINK Together that will be used toward equipment and program operations and allow the education organization to continue to promote health lifestyles for children.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 48 grants totaling more than $2.4 million to nonprofit organizations serving youth in underserved areas across 21 states and the District of Columbia.

The Foundation strives to assist and grow the sport of soccer, as well as improve the well-being of children in under-resourced communities, by awarding grants to support all aspects of the game. Specifically, non-profit organizations that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and live a healthy lifestyle are awarded grants to support their programming and field-building initiatives.

Of the 48 grant awards distributed by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, 29 were given as part of the Safe Places to Play program. Supported by adidas and FieldTurf, the Safe Places to Play program develops or enhances field spaces in underserved areas to provide safe places for children to play. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve over 1,100 safe places for children nationwide.

“Promoting health and wellness is a big part of what we do,” said THINK Together Founder and CEO Randy Barth. “Many of the youth who we serve at THINK Together live in poverty and have little or no access to programs that provide a safe environment for playing competitive sports. Thanks to the generosity of the U.S Soccer Foundation, we can help change that.”

Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including Eurosport, FieldTurf, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, PEVO Sports and Sport Court. Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has now awarded more than $59 million in grant awards to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation believes that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer in an environment that is safe and promotes positive development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are happy to support organizations that, through impactful community-based programs, harness the power of soccer to improve the well-being of children.”

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $59 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.

Editor Note: For your understanding, we are a separate entity from USSF/US/U.S. Soccer. When referring to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please refer to it by its proper name.

About THINK Together
With more than $60 million in annual revenue, THINK Together is one of the leading and largest nonprofit providers of academic support programs (early literacy, after-school, small group tutoring, summer learning, etc.) in the U.S., serving more than 100,000 students across 420 locations in 35 school districts and more than 30 cities across a five-county footprint of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego) plus greater Sacramento. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, its academically oriented programs and dedicated team of 2,500 employees are helping students close the achievement gap. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit http://www.THINKtogether.org or http://www.facebook.com/THINKtogether.
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