CGLA gets $10,000 grant from U.S. Soccer Foundation

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF)- The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) Thursday announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the national model in sports-based youth development in underserved communities. The grant is intended to fund CGLA’s new and growing soccer program and ensure we have the equipment, supplies, jerseys, shorts, socks, and kits necessary to support our girls’ continued development in the sport. CGLA was one of 24 organizations nationwide to receive a grant.
        “For many of our students, school is the only place they have access to health and fitness activities, including sports like soccer,” said CGLA Executive Director Dr. Elaine Swafford. “The generous grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation ensures that we continue to provide open access so any student can participate.”
        CGLA’s soccer program offers great benefits for students by improving their fitness and health activities, such as fighting illness caused by lack of exercise that affects the demographic of students we serve.Also, the program fosters the development of discipline, teamwork, and provides the essential skills for athletic scholarship opportunities in the future. Providing open access to our soccer program and other athletics programs is core to our mission.
        Every community wants the best for their kids, but not all communities have the resources to make that happen. The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to programs and projects that share their belief that the game of soccer breaks down barriers for children to live healthier, more secure and confident lives.
        “The U.S. Soccer Foundation is thrilled for the grant recipients,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Through sports-based youth development, these organizations give children much more than soccer. They provide a structured environment that instills self-discipline, builds self-confidence, encourages a healthy and active lifestyle and fosters quality relationships. We believe these organizations will ultimately create sustainable change in communities across the nation.”
        Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including Hellas Construction, Kwik Goal, Hunter Industries, Musco Sports Lighting, Soccer.com, and Sport Court.
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