Soccer for Success

by Together Counts Partner | April 7, 2016 at 8:33 am | comments

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As a partner of the Together Counts program™, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is committed to helping young people in underserved communities across the country. Our programs, including Soccer for Success, help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth through trained coach-mentors.

Soccer for Success has transformed participants’ lives, both on and off the field. Santos, a participant from Florida, demonstrates the impact of our program.

Santos struggled. He didn’t like going to school and his grades were plummeting. He had a hard time connecting with his peers and teachers. Though his family encouraged Santos to improve, his grades and attitude were not getting better.

Santos’ grandmother had an idea. She decided to sign him up for Soccer for Success in an effort to get him on the right track. After five months, Santos’ coach-mentor noted that his attitude changed. He started communicating with his coach-mentors and his peers. Santos said he enjoys being active and learning about nutrition. He also said he enjoys attending Soccer for Success because “soccer is a universal language.”

There are many kids, like Santos, who need an extra push to success.  Soccer for Success is a vehicle to success that is translatable to any child, regardless of age, sex, economic background or circumstance. By surrounding kids with caring coach-mentors and their peers in a safe environment, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is inspiring young people to live healthier, active lives and is making a positive difference in the lives of children who need it most.

Be sure to check out the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and how you can get involved, and the Together Counts website for more health and wellness resources.

two kidsThe U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at





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