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Columbus City Council To Vote On Soccer For Success Funding

Black teen playing soccer

Columbus City Council expects to approve grant money Monday night for the Department of Recreation and Parks to implement a youth soccer program.

The grant would provide money to implement the U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation’s Soccer for Success(USSFF) program at 23 of 29 community centers in the city.

Soccer for Success is an after-school program for elementary- and middle-school students in economically disadvantaged areas. The program will consist of four 12-week soccer sessions taking place this fall, the spring and fall of 2021, and the spring of 2022.

The Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks recently partnered with USSFF and the Columbus Crew to install mini-pitches at Sullivant Gardens Community Center in Franklinton and Blackburn Community Center near Franklin Park.

That effort is part of The Crew SC Foundation’s commitment to “providing soccer field space for challenged youth in the Central Ohio Community.”

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.