Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. The Soccer for Success program provides each school three 90 minute after-school sessions for two twelve-week seasons (fall/spring).
Through the Social Innovation Fund and U.S. Soccer Foundation, Washington Youth Soccer will provide this after-school program to 12 elementary schools throughout Highline, Kent and Auburn School Districts.
Physical Activity: Children participate in 90 minute sessions at least three days a week to ensure they receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
Mentorship: Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serve as mentors that are invested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
Nutrition: Soccer for Success staff deliver relevant educational activities where participants are taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.
Family Engagement: Soccer for Success strives to turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program's teachings by applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information on nutrition and health services that will aide them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
If you would like to contribute to new or gently used soccer equipment, or cash donations to Soccer for Success, contact Rachel Wilton at rachelw@WAYouthSoccerFoundation.org.