A major portion of the latest distribution of 1994 World Cup profits will fund the construction of soccer fields around the nation -- and help save one of the nation's oldest fields.
In its fourth full grant cycle, the U.S. Soccer Foundation approved $2,244,575 in grants to 38 different groups in 25 states. The Foundation has made almost $9 million in grants since 1995, when it began distributing profits made on the investment income of more than $50 million in World Cup '94 revenue.
In addition to the 38 grants, the Foundation approved special grants of more than a half-million dollars toward what it calls "pro-active initiatives."
They include $200,000 to establish a strategic alliance with the inner-city soccer program America Scores and a matching grant program of $250,000 to back the Metropolitan Oval renovation project in New York. The Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens, has been a popular soccer venue for the better part of the century, but has fallen into disrepair.
Foundation chairman James Hamilton said that more than 440 applications were reviewed this year.
U.S. Soccer Foundation 1999 Grants
1. Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA, W.Va. ($150,000)
6-field expansion of existing sports complex.
2. City of Columbus, Rec. And Parks Dept, Ohio ($100,000)
Construction of 15 field soccer complex.
3. Clinton County Board of Education, Ky. ($25,000)
Development of soccer leagues in rural, impoverished county.
4. Columbia Soccer Club, Mo. ($120,000).
Construction of 5 lighted and irrigated fields as well as restroom and
5. Danville Soccer Association, Ill. ($34,720)
Installation of irrigation for 8 existing fields and lighting for 2 fields.
6. D.C. Stoddert Soccer League, Inc., Washington, D.C. ($72,800)
Renovation of an existing field in Northwest Washington, D.C.
7. Detroit Soccer League, Mich. ($25,000)
Establishment of a network that is intended to make soccer premier sport in Detroit.
8. Family First Sports Park-Sports Outreach, Pa. ($13,160)
Continuation of an inner-city soccer program with a character development component.
9. Fort Collins Soccer Club, Inc., Colo. ($100,000)
Improvement of irrigation system for a 22-field complex.
10. Galveston Youth Soccer Club, Texas ($100,000)
Construction of a 5-field complex, one of which will be lit.
11. Galveston Youth Soccer Club, Texas ($72,000)
Creation and continuation of a Soccer Start outreach program for
local at-risk youth
12. Georgia Soccer Development Foundation ($175,000)
Construction of a high quality soccer training center including 5 lighted and irrigated fields.
13. Greater Kalispell Youth Soccer Association, Mt. ($50,000)
Development of 14 soccer complex within multi-sport complex.
14. High Noon Soccer League, N.M. ($150,000)
Addition of 6 new fields to a large multi-sport complex
15. Illinois Youth Soccer Association, Ill. ($50,000)
Extension of successful inner-city Chicago youth program into two additional urban communities.
16. Iowa State Youth Soccer Association, Iowa ($50,000)
Expansion of quality soccer programs throughout state.
17. Long Island Junior Soccer League, Inc., N.Y. ($75,000)
3-field expansion of busy soccer park that also serves as ODP training center.
18. Miami-Dade County Park & Rec. Dept., Fla. ($75,000)
Installation of lighting on 2 fields.
19. Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, Inc., Wis. ($50,000)
Continuation of inner-city youth outreach program.
20. Mountlake Terrace Youth Athletic Assn., Wash. ($21,439)
Construction of 1 irrigated soccer field
21. NEYSO of San Antonio, Inc., Texas ($75,000)
Development of a new soccer complex.
22. Ohio Youth Soccer Association-North, Ohio ($73,000)
Creation and continuation of an at-risk youth soccer program in inner city East Cleveland and Cleveland.
23. Oklahoma Soccer Association, Okla. ($50,000)
Development of local infrastructure and soccer programs in rural Oklahoma over 4 years.
24. Soccer Rapid City, S.D. ($100,000)
Improvement of 3 existing fields and construction of 1 new field.
25. Tennessee State Soccer Association ($2,850)
Support of a partnership between the Grantee and the Girl Scouts intended to introduce girls to soccer.
26. The Beavercreek Soccer Association, Ohion ($60,000)
5-field expansion of existing soccer complex.
27. Town of Kearny, N.J. ($30,000)
Construction of 2 Futsal courts
28. Tri-Cities Junior Soccer Association, Wash. ($65,500)
Installation of lighting on an existing field.
29. Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation, Minn ($100,000)
Addition of lighting and fencing to an inner-city soccer complex
30. USYSA, Texas ($20,000)
Contribution to expenses for TOPSoccer volunteer follow-up and feedback workshops.
31. Vacaville Youth Soccer League, Calif. ($50,000)
Creation and maintenance of 9 year-round fields.
32. Vermont Youth Soccer Association, Vt. ($50,000)
Development and maintenance of a 14-field facility.
33. Waukegan Park District, Ill. ($50,000)
Installation of irrigation and lighting for complex in community. heavily populated by minority youths.
34. Wheatland Township Athletic Assn., Inc., Ill. ($60,000)
Construction of 3 youth soccer fields and expansion of player, coach
and referee training programs.
35. Woodlands Community Association, Texas ($40,000)
1-field expansion of existing 6-field complex.
36. YMCA of York & York County, Pa. ($62,464)
Expansion of inner-city program from 2 teams to 18 over two years.
37. YWCA of Oklahoma City, Inc., Okla. ($21,748)
Providing 200 scholarships for inner-city youth.
38. USSFF will purchase tickets for at-risk youth ($12,963).
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