While the U.S. Soccer Federation might have $100 million in the bank and is trying to figure out what to do with it, their charitable group is on the ground and working with children across the country.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the charitable arm of the U.S. Soccer Federation; their mission is to “enhance, assist, and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities.” As such, they have to publicly disclose their income and grants every year. Their disclosure for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016 just came out, and it shows that they have been doing good work around the country, and specifically in the D.C. area.
In fiscal 2016, the US Soccer Foundation gave out $6.1M money and equipment, primarily to schools non-profits, and governmental entities to support soccer activities. Some of the activities in the greater DMV area were:
- $30,000 to the Capital City Public Charter School
- $14,800 of equipment to the Children’s Defense Fund
- $348,000 to DC Scores
- $52,000 to the Family League of Baltimore
- $12,690 of equipment to Prince William Soccer
- $40,000 to the Seed School of Washington DC
Some of these grants (DC Scores, Family League of Baltimore, and Prince William Soccer) are to support the Soccer for Success program, of which D.C. United is also a partner in the greater Washington area. As described on their website, “Soccer for Success is a free after-school program that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through caring coach-mentors and family engagement.” The Foundation also funds Safe Places to Play, which turns empty lots and broken-down courts into mini-soccer pitches.
While we will have a much more critical eye when the next disclosures come out from the US Soccer Federation, the actions of the Foundation are nothing but good. Keep up the good work!