Soccer for Success

Independent Health Foundation’s Soccer for Success

Soccer for SuccessSoccer for Success is a national after-school, youth development program that uses soccer, along with mentorship and nutrition education, as a way to engage kids in their health and reduce childhood obesity.Kids with soccer coach

In 2012, the Independent Health Foundation was one of 13 organizations in the United States to receive a sub-grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help implement this program locally!


What’s involved in the Soccer for Success program?
  • Soccer for Success provides free after-school soccer programs for children in grades K-8.
  • Kids participate in 90-minute sessions, three days a week, with the goal of children getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
  • Coaches serve as mentors who help in the development of each child by stressing the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences.
  • Program staff members deliver educational activities that teach the basics of nutrition and the importance of making healthy choices.
  • Family members are provided with information on good health and nutrition to aid in reinforcing the healthy habits and lessons their children are taught in the program.
Who runs the Independent Health Foundation’s Soccer for Success program?

The program is a collaboration of the Independent Health Foundation, the Buffalo Soccer Club, and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

Who is the Soccer for Success program open to?

Currently, the Soccer for Success program has been implemented in more than 15 sites, including Buffalo Public and Charter Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and local community centers.

How can I get my school involved?

For more information on how to get your school involved, please have your school’s principal contact the Independent Health Foundation at (716) 635-4959.