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Kwik Goal Recognizes “Get on the Bus” as Newest Community Partner

Exciting New Partnership Emerges Between Two Esteemed Soccer Organizations

Kwik Goal Recognizes “Get on the Bus” as Newest Community Partner

Quakertown PA – February 2020 – “Get on the Bus” (GOTB), a program dedicated to teaching life skills through soccer, and Kwik Goal, a company supplying the beautiful game with high-quality equipment, have struck a newfound partnership.

The partnership between the two organizations will focus on providing top-notch soccer goals and training equipment to targeted schools that GOTB will seek out based on need, as well as various other activation and branding opportunities for both parties involved.

Kwik Goal, a soccer equipment manufacturer based in Quakertown, PA, has spent the last near 40 years in business playing an active role in the development of soccer across the United States and beyond.

“We love getting the chance to support any program looking to help make soccer a vital part of kids’ lives

throughout our community”, said Tim hall, Director of Marketing for Kwik Goal. “We are excited to see how Get on the Bus and their dedicated team continue to grow this initiative and help them do that in any way we can.”

The program, “Get on the Bus”, was launched in spring of 2018 through the Ellicott City Soccer Club based in Maryland. 41 elementary school participants took part in this inaugural season which would go on to win the MSYSA Grassroots Futures Award, in turn earning the program extensive press coverage and attention from other organizations around the country.

Currently, GOTB provides free items to the selected participants which include: tutoring with certified teachers, healthy snacks and themed life lessons, transportation via bus to and from a local pitch to participate in a recreational soccer program, full soccer kit and much more.

“We are excited to partner with Kwik Goal, the official goal for soccer! This partnership will help us to reach our goal of serving 10,000 kids in the United States, Canada and Mexico by the World Cup 2026! We want to thank Kwik Goal for believing in our mission of breaking down financial and transportation barriers so that kids can play soccer on a team in their community, while also learning valuable life skills and good study habits through this free after school program. If you want to GET ON THE BUS and support our cause please contact tim@gotbsoccer.org or check out our website at gotbsoccer.org“, said Tim Ryerson-Creator of Get on the Bus.

US Soccer Awards Record 2 Million in Grant Funding

U.S. SOCCER AWARDS RECORD $2.4 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING THROUGH INNOVATE TO GROW IN 2020

U.S. SOCCER MEMBER ORGANIZATION’S GRASSROOTS PROJECTS EXPECTED TO IMPACT MORE THAN 37,000 PLAYERS, COACHES AND REFEREES OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

CHICAGO (Feb. 11, 2020) – In pursuit of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s mission to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States, U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors approved $2.4 million in 2020 Innovate to Grow Fund grants to 27 Federation Members whose innovative programs show promise in building the sport of soccer at the grassroots level.

The amount of funding awarded for 2020 is more than double the amount awarded for 2019.

Total grant applications also hit a record high in the program’s third year. U.S. Soccer received 53 applications from 38 Federation Members, totaling $6.7 million in funding requests.

U.S. Soccer approved $2,462,701 in the 2020 application cycle to support 27 projects, 17 of which will be implemented by first-time Innovate to Grow Fund recipients. By comparison, last year the Federation supported 17 projects and awarded $1,173,311 to member organizations. In its inaugural year, the Fund awarded $737,969 to 13 Member organizations.

Overall, 15 player programs were awarded $1.6 million in addition to eight coaching programs and four referee programs that received $478,982 and $362,958, respectively. The majority of 2020 grants (19) will invest in youth programs, while five adult programs and three programs affecting both adult and youth will also be supported by the Innovate to Grow Fund.

“The expansion of the Innovate to Grow program in its third year demonstrates the deep commitment of our member organizations to making our sport more accessible,” said U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro. “We couldn’t be prouder to partner with them to help grow the game in their communities.”

“In addition to the significant increase in applicants and awards granted, it’s important to highlight the diverse pool of winners, which include national organizations as well as youth, adult, and joint state associations,” Cordeiro added.

Recognizing the vital role that Federation Members play in the growth of soccer in the U.S., the Innovate to Grow Fund was established in 2017 to help U.S. Soccer member organizations launch new and innovative programs designed to grow participation in their markets. To be considered for grant funding, Members’ proposed programs must meet certain criteria as part of a comprehensive application process, including:

  • The program must be new and different from current efforts.
  • The program must demonstrate capability to grow participation.
  • The program must demonstrate potential to scale in other markets.
  • The program must align with U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.
  • The member must also be financially invested in the program.

Members interested in learning more about Innovate to Grow grant funding can learn more by emailing ITGFund@ussoccer.org.

Following is a full list of the organizations and state associations were awarded 2019-2020 Innovate to Grow Fund grants:


Alabama Soccer Association
 (“Across Borders Recreation League”)
Cross-border U-9 to U-12 league with matches within 60 mi of member clubs.


Alaska State Youth Soccer Association
 (“Passing the Ball Program”)
Pop-up outreach program to remote areas including life lessons, and coaching and referee education and other support for communities wanting to start soccer programs.


Arizona Soccer Association
 (“ASA/Boys & Girls Club Phoenix Futsal”)
Establish futsal program with 13 Boys & Girls Clubs in Phoenix.


California State Soccer Association – South
 (“Cal South Referee Participation Initiative”)
Affiliate members refer a minimum of three new referees per year and Cal South provides all tools, education, and Grassroots certification.


California Youth Soccer Association – North / Connecticut Junior Soccer Association
 (“Get on the Bus”)
After-school program including a rec soccer league, tutoring, personal development, and free participation and transportation.


Florida State Soccer Association
 (“Soccer After Youth”)
Create new U-20 or U-23 divisions for players aging out of youth program as well as those who play in unaffiliated leagues.


Georgia State Soccer Association 
(“Community Clinics”)
Deliver monthly community clinics (through Atlanta United) in low-income Hispanic communities to connect them with high-level coaching, scouting, and integration with Georgia South.


Idaho Youth Soccer Association
 (“IYSA Referee Retention and Recruitment Initiative”)
Develop a Referee Advocate Program to improve retention of first- and second-year referees and improve recruitment of referees aged 19-40.


Illinois Youth Soccer Association
 (“College Women’s Coaching Initiative”)
Increase the number of female coaches by offering free coaching education on college campuses.


Iowa Soccer Association
 (“Coaching Education: Coaching for All Project”)
Target coaches from non-member programs and underserved populations for free Grassroots coaching education.


Massachusetts Adult State Soccer Association
 (“Lusa American-Cape Verdean Tournament”)
Host a Portuguese-Cape Verdean tournament with teams from MA and RI to showcase the benefits of affiliation and develop a cross-border league.


Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
 (“Referee-Coach Relationship”)
Provide training, equipment, and mentoring to youth soccer players and their parents to become referees.


New Mexico Youth Soccer Association
 (“ITG Non-traditional Soccer Growth Plan”)
Procure equipment to host community registration events and regional futsal tournaments.


North Carolina Youth Soccer Association
 (“Coaching Education Outreach Grow Program”)
Provide coaching education for unaffiliated organizations.


Oklahoma Soccer Association
 (“Life Changes and Wellness Soccer Outreach Program”)
Work with an after-school youth organization to introduce soccer to at-risk youth, with ultimate goal of establishing member club in community.


Oregon Youth Soccer Association
 (“Bridge the Gap”)
Outreach and support to underserved Latino communities with the goal of integrating Hispanic clubs and leagues into OYSA.


SAY Soccer 
(“Training Confident and Competent Youth Referees”)
Camp-based program to train teenage referees, held with player camps to give immediate practice.


South Texas Youth Soccer Association
 (“South Texas Club Accreditation”)
Provide organizational development support to member clubs, including resources and tools to improve club environments.


US Adult Soccer 
(“Building a Bridge”)
Partner with state associations to facilitate the transition from youth to adult soccer by providing three years of cost-free play and assistance in finding adult playing opportunities.


US Association of Blind Athletes
 (“Blind Soccer”)
Develop recreational 5-a-side soccer for youth and young adults, develop skilled coaches and provide infrastructure to build interest and participation in the sport.


US Club Soccer 
(“Coach Education Initiative for Current Players”)
Launch an accessible, comprehensive program to encourage and guide high school and college players into the coaching education pathway.


US Power Soccer 
(“Coaches Certification”)
Institute a training curriculum and annual training sessions for coaches.


Virginia/DC Youth Soccer Association 
(“Accelerating the Participation of Women in Coaching”)
Deliver Grassroots, D, and C courses for women and girls aged 16-plus at no cost to participants.


Washington Youth Soccer Association 
(“Atletico”)
Implement a competitive soccer program enabling underserved Latino youth players to participate in a high-level player development program.


Washington Youth Soccer Association 
(“Let Her Coach”)
Deliver Grassroots and D courses to women on college campuses.


Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association 
(“Female Coaching Education”)
Facilitate female-only coaching education (Grassroots and D) at no cost to participants.


Wyoming Soccer Association 
(“SOW Soccer”)
Outreach to the Wind River Indian Reservation, with the goal of lasting competitive programming and club membership.

Ellicott City Soccer Club partners with Gripstrings, LLC to Promote Youth Soccer in Maryland

GripstringsGripstrings, LLC (gripstrings.com) announced today a partnership between Gripstrings and the Ellicott City Soccer Club (ECSC) (ellicottcitysc.org), while extending support to the nationally acclaimed “Get On The Bus” (GOTBsoccer.org) US youth soccer program through ECSC as well.

Gripstrings will be assisting Ellicott City Soccer Club with their fundraising efforts by donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of yellow and black (ECSC colors) Gripstrings shoe laces. The proceeds from fundraising will assist with sending ECSC’s ’06 boys to Sweden for Gothia Cup in summer 2020. Proceeds will also benefit ECSC’s continuing partnership with GOTB, which seeks to remove the economic and transportation barriers that prevent some children from low-income families from participating in youth soccer.

About Gripstrings, LLC: Gripstrings, LLC was founded by Lance James. As a player, parent, and coach for many years, Lance watched adults and kids run down the field with their laces untied. Seeing this affect their performance and realizing the potential for injury inspired Lance to develop Gripstrings. Gripstrings’ patent-pending solution looks — at first glance — like an ordinary shoelace; but, in fact, it utilizes advanced technology that includes an extra tight weave for strength, and a proprietary silicone rubber coating. GripStrings will stay tied, even during the most rigorous play or long run. GripStrings come in two sizes and are perfect for sports, exercise, walking, working outside, or anywhere you have to be on your feet. “I am very happy that Ellicott City Soccer Club and Get On The Bus have chosen GripStrings LLC as a partner. Both are terrific organizations that do so much for kids and their communities. GripStrings is ecstatic and humbled to be a part of it.” -Lance James

For more information, visit: https://gripstrings.com

About Ellicott City Soccer Club: Ellicott City Soccer Club is a high-quality soccer club based in Howard County, Maryland that is dedicated to the healthy development of families through the game of soccer. Participating in local, regional, national and international tournaments, CiTY has over 30 travel teams and 350 recreational players throughout the year in various programs including a free Special Needs Clinic. QUOTE HERE ABOUT FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TIM RYERSON ABOUT PARTNERSHIP WITH GRIPSTRINGS

For more information, visit: https://ellicottcitysc.org

About Get on the Bus: A day in the GOTB program runs as follows: at the end of the school day, GOTB players are met at their school by GOTB staff and given a healthy snack. Tutoring and homework help is available to all participants. Afterwards, they are transported by bus to fields to participate in a recreational program. The kids practice once a week and play in the recreational games on Saturdays. At the end of the GOTB season, several program participants may be identified and placed on local travel teams at the club level in order to have the same opportunity to continue to participate at a higher level that others may have. Funded by charitable donations, the program provides full uniform kits, including jerseys, shorts, socks, cleats and a soccer ball, at no cost to players. All recreational program participation fees are waived for GOTB participants, resulting in a completely free program.

“The GOTB players are receiving important experience and life lessons on and off the field through this program and being part of a team instills confidence and self-value in each player,” GOTB Director of Operations Amanda Buckler wrote. “The parents and families of GOTB participants also benefit greatly from the program, coming to see their children play in real soccer games, in uniform, each Saturday, and being part of the local sports community that so many take for granted because the cost and transportation barriers so often are not noticed. Breaking down these barriers enables more of our community to be a part of the club soccer experience.” Through this partnership FutPost.com will enable 100 kids to participate in the program for free across the country including Denver and the Bay Area of Northern California.

Partners & Sponsors

Supporters of the GOTB Program