With 3.5 billion loyal fans, Soccer is the undoubtedly the most popular sport on the planet today. Soccer can be played barefoot on the streets or in well-trimmed fields whether you are alone or with a team – all you need is a ball.
In a previous article, we talked about why it is important for children to be able to play. We learned that sports not only develops the body but the mind and psyche as well. It can be used as a tool to rehabilitate traumatized children and bring hope of a better future to the underprivileged.
Today, we are featuring an organization that is founded by individuals who have found a calling in sharing their passion to children across America. On one side, they offer a high quality ‘intro to soccer’ training franchise. This gives fellow soccer enthusiasts a chance to share their passion for the sport, earn a living and make a difference in the lives of the children in their community by introducing them to the world of soccer.
Since their beginnings in 1998, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb not only have helped thousands of kids in North America and Canada to find joy in soccer, they have also aided soccer enthusiasts build a comfortable living with Soccer Shots. The business has been ranked as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in 2012 by Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked #218 in the Franchise 500 list.
Soccer Shots knew that not all children can afford to attend their training. That’s why in 2009, they founded Global Goals – a non-profit organization rooted in the same vision as Soccer Shots minus the profit. Each year, a portion of every child’s registration fee is donated to the US Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success initiative. The money raised is then used to build soccer courts, buy equipment and train coaches for an after school program based in underserved communities in the United States.
Children from these communities are given the chance to see the world from a different perspective. The USSF and Global Goals work together to steer children away from negative influences in the community by giving these children a free after school soccer program. They now have an opportunity to learn a sport, play for a team and access to good role models.
Soccer Shots and Global Goals are living proof that businesses have an amazing opportunity to make profit and a difference in their communities. After reading about them, don’t you feel like learning how you can help the initiative? Visit their website today!
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