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Soccer For Success 

Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities. Locally, this is a collaborative effort with Widener University, Chester Youth Collaborative, the William Tripley Foundation, the Philadelphia Union and Community Health Education. The after-school program combines regular physical activity - 90-minute soccer practice and skill building sessions, three times a week - with nutrition education for students and families, as well as mentoring by coaches. The program has grown from three locations with 205 participants in fall 2012 to seven locations with 500 participants in fall 2013.

Stetser Principal Janet Baldwin commented in the Chester Spirit that the benefits of Soccer For Success go well beyond the physical activity and nutrition lessons that children receive through the program. She sees increases in school attendance by students involved in the program, and more self-confidence.

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Chester-Upland students in the Soccer for Success program learn about healthy food choices during Widener Food Day.

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