Project GOAL Goes To College As Part of Georgetown University Curriculum

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Project GOAL's programming model and philosophy on using soccer to influence underserved kids to stay in school has become part of a Georgetown University Masters Program.

sports as a vehicle for social change.

Project GOAL has recently been included in the curriculum for Georgetown University's (Washington, D.C) new masters program in Sports Industry Management. Matt Sicchio, an adjunct professor at Georgetown and current Director of Operations and Legal Affairs for USA Football and former Director of Corporate Partnerships and Legal Affairs with the United States Soccer Foundation, is teaching a class on globalization, diversity, and the social foundations of sports.

During the portion of the class focused on corporate social responsibility in sports, Project GOAL's concept and program is explored as an example of "sports as a vehicle for social change."

"I want the next generation of sports industry leaders to understand and appreciate the impact of community-based organizations that are using sports as a hook, but where the ultimate measure of success is positive social change - rather than wins or losses," said Sicchio. "Project GOAL is a great case study of success in this area."

Project GOAL, Inc. (Greater Opportunity for Athletes to Learn), is an after-school initiative that partners with the Central Falls School Department, SCOPE/Central Falls School District, Providence School Department, and the Soccer Rhode Island Olympic Development Program. Project GOAL's mission is to facilitate the development of New England's disadvantaged inner city youth through after-school tutoring, health education, and soccer-related programs.

A non-profit 501©3 organization, Project GOAL, Inc., is comprised of professionals from the business, academic, health and soccer communities who support the project in achieving its objectives in creating opportunities for its "GOALie" participants.

Darius Shirzadi, Executive Director
Project GOAL, Inc.
79 Savoy Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401 258 2300


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