ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.
The school is 100% privately funded and relies on the generosity of its donors.
U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards Grant to Esperanza Academy's Soccer Program
Lawrence, Mass. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation<http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org>, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, has awarded Esperanza Academy a $12,500 grant to support its soccer program. The Foundation has awarded 37 grants totaling more than $1.8 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation.
In its continued effort to grow the game of soccer and utilize it to improve the positive health and social outcomes for children, 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 aimed at keeping children in under-resourced communities active, healthy, and safe.
“We are thrilled to receive the support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation for a second year in a row,” said Christopher H. Wilson, head of school at Esperanza Academy. “Their endorsement means we can continue to develop and improve our soccer program and provide our students with a healthy outlet that will help them build confidence, sportsmanship, and other important life skills.”
Last year, Esperanza Academy launched its first competitive and intramural athletic program, aimed at helping students reap the numerous benefits of regular exercise and sports. Children who play sports, especially girls, are more likely to have a positive body image and have higher self-esteem, while also less likely to take drugs and to be overweight.
“Our goal at the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to provide children with access to quality soccer programs that support both physical and personal development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that not only help grow the game of soccer, but make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families in their communities.”
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.