AYSO Cares was created as a way to recognize Regions that go the extra mile in making a difference in their local and extended community. At AYSO, we believe that each and every Region should make a positive impact in their neighborhood.
This ensures that kids in AYSO recognize the importance of helping those in need. Check out our list below of Regions that have made a positive impact. Does your Region make a difference in the community? Email us and tell us your story.
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Region 10 in Palos Verdes, Calif., has done quite a bit to help out in their community! They've donated money and equipment to the “Get Give Go” charity. They also fully funded the origination of the charity’s website. They hold food drives for the Harbor Interfaith Shelter at their Opening Day ceremony and Picture Day. This past year, they filled an entire truck due to their collection efforts. They also donate money to their local school district and an educational foundation. The good deeds don't stop there! They donate goals to their local elementary schools for physical education classes and recess.
Region 715 in East Providence, R.I., has done several things to support their local community. They collect food and toys for annual drives to help those locally. Each year, families in the Region take part in "Relay for Life" and raised over $10,000 last year. The Region also holds a “Goal Pink” day at the field to raise breast cancer awareness and raise money for the “Gloria Gemma Foundation.” If that’s not enough, they collect gently used uniforms, cleats and balls to send overseas.
AYSO Cares Regions
Region 6 in San Pedro, Calif., supported the 20k Watts Foundation by donating gently used or donated soccer supplies and uniforms. In the month of October, all of their teams have the option to wear pink soccer socks that the Region pays for and a percentage of sales goes back to Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Region 602 in Covina, Calif., donated money to their local school district foundation, Pony Baseball, the Leukemia Society and Special Olympics. They also donate turkeys to local parks during the holidays and sponsor low-income players for registration.
Region 63 in Burlingame, Calif., collected uniforms, cleats, balls, pennies, shin guards, coaching bags, training cones and much more for their Recycle Soccer Gear drive. They have a “grab a pair, leave a pair, or do both” event and any extras are donated to Operation Give which distributes to children in Afghanistan. During the drive they also collect money to fund US Soccer’s Foundation Passback program. (pictured below)
Region 42 in Newbury Park, Calif., collected donations during the season and sent boxes of items overseas. This year, they worked with a food bank and their Region ended up collecting 550 pounds of food.
Region 1174 in Hazel Green, Ala., collected gently used jerseys and soccer equipment to send to an all-girls school in Uganda. They helped make a soccer program for at least 50 girls.
Region 473 in Brooklyn, N.Y., has collected food and supplies for over 10 years and sends the items to countries overseas. Last year they collected three tons of food. (pictured below)
Region 644 in Weston, Fla., raised funds for Relay for Life, by having people in their Region donate a certain dollar amount, per goal scored on any given weekend. The Region also has had a food drive every year and donates gently used cleats and jerseys to those in need.
Region 914 in Limestone Athens, Ala., collected supplies to those in their community who lost everything to tornados. A girl in their U-14 program also takes all of their used soccer equipment to a country in Central America every year.
Region 599 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., had two AYSO families spearhead a drive to collect supplies and used gear to personally take to Africa. (pictured below)
Region 1567 in Los Feliz, Calif., collected and sent used clothes, cleats and soccer balls to Haiti and Nicaragua.
Region 697 in Oak Park, Ill., supported Field of Dreams in Uganda by collecting uniforms and equipment from AYSO families. One AYSO player began the relationship on their own and got the Region involved. The Region continues to be a big supporter of the charity.
Region 459 in Shelby Township, Mich., has collected equipment to send to Afghanistan for several years and even got AYSO National Sponsor SCORE involved to donate to children who live in poverty.Region 84 in Mission Viejo, Calif., provided uniforms and supplies to Orange Children and Family Center and the COTNI organization. They sponsor blood drives through the American Red Cross and organized the “Giving Tree” event which provides gifts to those in need during the winter holidays.