About GRASSROOT SOCCER
Grassroot Soccer is an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.
Adolescents are being left behind in the fight against disease and other critical health challenges. Unlike childhood mortality which has improved 80% in the past 50 years, adolescent mortality hasn’t budged. Preventable diseases like HIV, and complications from pregnancies continue to be the leading causes of death among adolescents. There is a tremendous opportunity to improve the world’s health by promoting healthy practices during adolescence, and taking steps to better protect young people from health risks.
Soccer is the world’s most played sport and the world’s most watched sport. Travel to almost anywhere in the world, and you will see people, often youth, kicking a ball. Revered Zambian soccer commentator Dennis Liwewe once said “Football is religion here.” By using a soccer-based structure and curriculum, our Coaches build trust, engage youth in activity-based learning, and create safe spaces where young people feel comfortable asking questions, sharing opinions, and supporting their teammates. Importantly, soccer is fun, and our programs create an environment where learning is not a spectator sport. We use the power of soccer to build confidence and resilience in young people so that they can take control of their lives and health, on the field and off.
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About PLAY STUDY WIN
Play Study Win is the official soccer organization for the NYC Dept. of Education’s CHAMPS program. Our top-quality coaching and officiating staff has hundreds of hours of experience at providing the highest levels of instruction. Together with Eastern NY Youth Soccer, MetroSoccer NY has trained over 250 coaches in nationally recognized coaching certificates.
We estimate that we have coached almost 10,000 children from urban and inner-city areas in the Beautiful Game. For many of these children, this is the first experience of – not only soccer – but of organized sports of any kind, and we take this responsibility very seriously!
We have also worked with the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF) in organizing the soccer element for the Chase Sports & Arts in Schools Festivals since 1998 and have run programs for NYC Parks and Recreation Dept., The After-School Corporation, the Institute for Community Living, Bushwick-Ridgewood Senior Citizens Center and many other Community-based organizations. We have excellent relationships with the NYC FC, Red Bulls, MLS Soccer, NY Cosmos, etc
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