Supporting Lives, Empowering Communities
In the summer of 2018, a group of kids put on a pair of sneakers, set up goal nets, and learned how to play soccer. For some, this was their first time feeling what it was like to play on a team. Although you may not have kicked a ball yourselves, Charity Services Centers, P.A. was a key player on that team.
With the support of Charity Services Centers, P.A., the children we serve at Better Tomorrows got their chance to participate in Soccer for Success through Better Tomorrows and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
Better Tomorrows’ Social Services Coordinators coach and mentor the kids participating in Soccer for Success. Each year, they share countless stories of kids gaining confidence in themselves, becoming more physically active, and learning to play on a team:
“At first, some of the kids had trouble running or playing for long stretches of time. As the weeks went by, I saw some of them learn the game, have fun, and have more energy. In the fall, one of the kids in the program came to my office really excited. He had his first week back to school and was trying out for football. He told me that he was running circles around the other kids. He was so proud of himself that day and keeps asking when we can start soccer again this year.”
Charity Services Centers, P.A. made this moment possible with your continuing support for our Soccer for Success program.
We can’t thank you enough.
Overview of Better Tomorrows Soccer for Success Program
Better Tomorrows partners with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to combat childhood obesity and foster character development for children in under-served communities across the United States.
Trained coach-mentors engage children for 90 minutes a day during the summer months to creatively teach nutrition education and life skills through soccer instruction.
Better Tomorrows provides Soccer for Success through a partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and with generous support from the Target Foundation.
Better Tomorrows communities participated in Soccer for Success in 2018
Children participated in Soccer for Success through Better Tomorrows in 2018.
Children participating in Soccer for Success report that the program helps develop healthier physical and emotional habits:
88% of participants report working better on a team.
83% of children who are categorized as overweight or obese are improving or curbing an unhealthy BMI and/or aerobic capacity trend by participating in Soccer for Success.
72% of participants report they try harder in school.
“When I got to school this year, I noticed
I could run faster and do more than the
other kids who were trying out for football!”
– Soccer for Success participant through Better Tomorrows, age 8.