United Soccer Club to host “Spring Kick” end of season tournaments
One World Futbol to be featured as tournament ball; Social(k) to donate 100 ultra-durable One World Futbols to participants
Washington, D.C.–May 31, 2011–D.C. United and its non-profit arm, United for D.C., will be holding two days of tournaments to mark the end of the spring season of United Soccer Club. The tournaments will involve all children, ages 6-12, which participated in United Soccer Club this spring. The events will be held on Wednesday, June 1 and Friday, June 3 from 4:30-7:15 p.m. on the RFK Stadium Training Field and will feature matches, player autographs, D.C. United mascot Talon, carnival games, music, and much more.
This one-of-a-kind tournament brings together youth from across the District, Virginia and Maryland to RFK, exemplifying D.C. United’s wide-ranging commitment to the community. All participants will have recently completed a 10-week soccer training, as part of United Soccer Club, and will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of several D.C. United players. On Wednesday, June 1, joining the United Soccer Club tournament will be D.C. United defender Jed Zayner. In addition, on Friday June 3, midfielder Kurt Morsink, will be on site. Family and friends are welcome to attend, and food and drinks will be provided for the student athletes as part of the program’s focus on healthy lifestyles.
As part of this year’s tournament, D.C. United has teamed up with the One World Futbol Project and Social(k), an award-winning B corporation which supplies socially-responsible retirement plans for B Corps and similar companies. Through a donation from Social(k), tournament participants will play using the One World Futbol—the world’s first, ultra-durable, all-terrain ball. In addition, 100 of the ultra-durable balls will be donated directly to the United Soccer Club, a non-profit organization formed to introduce the sport of soccer to youth in inner-city and underprivileged communities of the greater Washington, D.C. area. Social(k) donates 8.5% of pre-tax net revenue annually.
United Soccer Club enrolled close to 800 children in the program this spring, teaching the participants the importance of a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and proper nutrition, as well as life skills that are beneficial on and off the field. The program operates at 12 sites and this season added two middle school teams. All teams met three times a week after school for 90 minute sessions, and players were taught by D.C. United staff, current and former United players, and talented local coaches. The 2011 season also saw the addition of friendly matches throughout the season, furthering the participant’s sense of team, commitment, and healthy competition.
The 2011 expansion introduced two new middle school sites: Harrison Parks and Recreation and Friendship Academy Public Charter. New sites introduced over the past year include Fort Davis Parks and Recreation Center in Ward 7, the Fishing School at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Ward 6 – all while continuing in the existing sites of Barry Farm Recreation Center, Ketcham Elementary School, Boys & Girls Club at Orr Elementary and the FBR Branch at THEARC in Ward 8, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Ward 5, Harrison Recreation Center and Parkview Recreation Center in Ward 1, Richard England Clubhouse #14 in Ward 7, Long Branch Community Center in Silver Spring, Md. and Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington, Va.
United Soccer Club was born from a request in Ward 8 for opportunities for children to play organized soccer. In the spring of 2006, United for D.C. launched its own after school soccer program, in partnership with D.C. Parks and Recreation at Barry Farm Recreation Center. The program has incorporated a formal healthy lifestyles curriculum in an effort to combat the region’s high rate of obesity amongst children. The spring session also saw participation in a number of special events including a AJAX Amsterdam – D.C. United Clinic.
United Soccer Club, sponsored by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Volkswagen and The Department of Health, is one of the many community outreach ventures of United for D.C. Others include the Kicks for Kids program, through which thousands of underprivileged children will have an opportunity to watch United play next season, as well as United Reads, currently presented in six DC elementary schools. This program distributes nearly 8,000 books during player visits throughout the year.
Launched in July 2010, the One World Futbol Project developed the One World Futbol—an ultra-durable, all-terrain ball that never deflates and plays on any surface. The company sells the One World Futbol wholesale directly to institutions and organizations, as well as to individual consumers through a “Give One Get One” model. For every ball bought at retail, the company is committed to donating a second ball to a community in need. The One World Futbol Project is headquartered in Berkeley, California, with offices in Napa. Since launching, the One World Futbol has been introduced in 83 countries through 107 organizations on the ground in war zones, refugee camps, inner cities, and other harsh environments for use in their work with individuals in need. For more information, visit http://oneworldfutbol.com.
For more information on these programs or how fans can contribute time or money to these worthy causes, please contact United for D.C. at 202-587-5000.
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