Soccer 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.
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.