Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, has awarded a grant to the City of Bayonne Recreation Division totaling $33,460.00 to support the installation of Synthetic Turf for a youth soccer field.
In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and utilize it to improve the well-being of children in under-resourced communities, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programming and field-building initiatives nationwide. Non-profit organizations eligible to receive grant funding include those that provide children with the opportunity to play soccer and provide programming that promotes healthy youth development. The City of Bayonne Division of Recreation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Bayonne by providing high quality recreation and cultural programs, which meets the needs of all segments of the community. Mayor Smith said, “The City of Bayonne would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation for its generous support of youth soccer in Bayonne. This funding will enable us to achieve our goal of developing a new soccer field with synthetic turf at Don Ahern Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. During the fall soccer season, there are fourteen soccer fields in Bayonne: three at DiDomenico-16th Street Park, one at Ahern-Veterans’ Stadium, and ten at Gregg-Bayonne County Park. We will continue our efforts to improve and expand soccer in our community.”
This grant was awarded as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s latest grant cycle which distributed 10 grants totaling more than $450,000 as part of the Safe Places to Play program. The Safe Places to Play program seeks to build or enhance field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide safe places for children to play. To date, the Foundation has helped to create or improve hundreds of safe places for children nationwide, and has awarded more than $60 million to organizations in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.
“Our goal at the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to help create safe places to play in communities nationwide,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are honored for the opportunity to support the City of Bayonne Division of Recreation and its efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families in the community.”
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $60 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
For further information on this grant, please contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129.