About the United Soccer Coaches Foundation
In 1989, United Soccer Coaches, formerly the NSCAA, established the Foundation Committee. The Foundation’s mission is to “provide soccer coaching educational opportunities to underserved socioeconomic communities, geographic areas, and ethnic groups throughout the United States.”
The Foundation firmly believes in the broader societal benefits of soccer as a recreational activity, an avenue for health and fitness, a means of building leadership skills, and a competitive sport. We believe we can provide these benefits through soccer coaching education.
The Foundation’s primary program activity is direct financial support through grants and through scholarships to coaching education programs.
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UNITED SOCCER COACHES FOUNDATION HISTORY
At the annual Convention in 1989, then-president Bill Holleman put forth an idea to establish a foundation that would enhance the work of United Soccer Coaches and provide resources for soccer coaches and soccer programs throughout the United States. His vision was to create a foundation that supports the mission of United Soccer Coaches and promotes the ideals of the many outstanding members, both past and present, who have given so much to the association and the great game of soccer.
UNITED SOCCER COACHES FOUNDATION COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED
At the 2003 Convention in Kansas City, the Foundation Committee was reinvigorated through an initiative to create an endowment. Building on the dedicated efforts of past committee members Ray Bernabei, Ronald Broadbent, Whitey Burnham, Miller Bugliari, Ray Cieplik, Jay Engeln, Bill Holleman, Robert Nye and Karen Stanley, the Foundation Committee reviewed past history, developed a mission statement, outlined areas of focus for the foundation and established a timeline for next steps relative to foundation activities.
The Cornerstone Partners Program was created. The Cornerstone Partners was a fundraising initiative with a goal of building an endowment that will support the United Soccer Coaches Foundation’s mission.
Our ultimate hope is to have 100 percent participation of the association’s membership. As Henry Ford so aptly stated: “Vision without funding is just a hallucination.” With your financial assistance, we now have the opportunity to see the vision come to fruition.
UNITED SOCCER COACHES FOUNDATION AREAS OF FOCUS
The United Soccer Coaches Foundation Committee has identified four major areas of emphasis for the Foundation to concentrate its efforts. The Foundation will:
- Facilitate opportunities for soccer coaches to attend United Soccer Coaches courses. The goal is to provide scholarships for coaches to participate in academies, symposiums and the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
- Stimulate the development of soccer coaching education environments. The goal is to take United Soccer Coaches courses to underserved and socioeconomic areas.
- Preserve the heritage of United Soccer Coaches.
- Enhance the development and delivery of soccer coaching education materials to coaching constituencies. The goal is to support projects such as the on-line work of the association, translation of United Soccer Coaches materials into several languages and relating to groups such as the Latin American Soccer Coaches Committee and the Black Soccer Coaches Committee.