You’ve probably already received dozens of solicitations for Giving Tuesday gifts, but in case you haven’t received any soccer-related ones, here’s a list of some worthy causes you should consider supporting today.
Note: This is not a complete list. Be sure to let us know about additional soccer-related charities in the greater Philadelphia region in the comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chester Upland Youth Soccer
You don’t have to go very far from Talen Energy Stadium to find a worthy soccer charity that is working to grow the game in the Philadelphia Union’s backyard. Since 2012, the nonprofit has been hosting after school programming in the Chester-Upland community and is in the second year of fielding a Chester Clippers middle school team.
Kensington Soccer Club
Kensington Soccer Club is dedicated to uniting and advancing the broader Kensington community with high quality soccer and youth development programs for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
Philadelphia Lone Star FC
We write a lot about this team and their accomplishments on the field with their adult teams in the NPSL, NESL and UPSL, but this club started by West African immigrants in 2001 does a lot of work growing the game in the community as well with free and low-cost programs. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Philadelphia Lone Star FC “relies on donation/sponsorships from local businesses or persons in our community to offer a place for the children and young adults of the southwest Philadelphia area to experience the joy of youth soccer and a healthy lifestyle through exercise.”
Starfinder uses soccer as a hook to reach children and youth from across greater Philadelphia through after school and summer programs by surrounding them with a supportive network of mentors and coaches. Their three areas of emphasis are health and physical fitness, future focus and emotional well-being.
Camden Youth Soccer Club
A recreational program open to boys and girls ages 4 to 14, the nonprofit CYSC keeps the costs for players to a bare minimum.
Future Soccer Stars Foundation
Founded in 2015, the Delaware nonprofit Future Soccer Stars Foundation currently provides free soccer programs to youth at six sites in the city of Wilmington.
JT Dorsey Foundation
The JT Dorsey Foundation is a nonprofit youth development organization that currently offers programs for youth ages 5-19 located in Coatesville, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Pottstown and Philadelphia.
Some 96 percent of the boys who attend the private school affiliated with the Philadelphia Union Academy receive some form of financial assistance. They are currently running a fundraising campaign with a matching donor to provide five full tuition packages.