Join us for S4:EP31 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Ed Foster-Simeon, President and C.E.O of the U.S. Soccer Foundation sits down with our host Roy Kessel to discuss youth sports and the work being done at the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
A champion of soccer as a vehicle for youth development and social change, Ed Foster-Simeon was named President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation in May 2008. He has more than three decades of experience at the local, state, and national level of the game and has been an active member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2004.
Prior to joining the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Foster-Simeon served as Deputy Managing Editor at USA TODAY where he was responsible for Washington, Political and Foreign news operations. At the grassroots volunteer level, he is a former Vice President of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association and past president of Prince William Soccer, Inc. — a 3,000-player recreational and travel club in Northern Virginia. In 2011, Foster-Simeon was awarded a Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) and in 2017 he was inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame.
Foster-Simeon serves on the Board of Directors of the Campaign to End Obesity and is a Trustee of the NAACP Foundation. A U.S. Navy veteran, Foster-Simeon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland University College. He is a native of Brooklyn, NY.
Under Ed’s leadership, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has become a nationally recognized leader in sports-based youth development. The organization places a special emphasis on programs that improve health and social outcomes among children in underserved communities. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s work was recognized with the 2010 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy which is presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s work also earned a prestigious Social Innovation Fund award, in the Healthy Futures portfolio, and a Justice Department Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Multi-State Mentoring award.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ED’S PODCAST
- 00:00 Introduction
- 00:30 Ed’s Sports Background
- 02:25 Kids’ Access to Sports
- 05:50 What’s Different About Soccer
- 09:15 Ed’s Journey
- 13:30 Early Experiences Working in Soccer
- 19:30 Discussing Competition
- 24:40 Sports-Based Youth Development
- 31:00 Ed’s Challenges at U.S. Soccer Foundation
- 35:00 Impact of Travel Teams
- 42:00 Importance of Participation
- 43:25 Sport After the Pandemic
- 47:35 Value of Sports to Society
- 49:50 Biggest Challenges Going Forward
- 51:30 Contact Info
- 51:55 Thank You and Goodbyes
- 52:50 If Ed Was School Sports Commissioner
- 54:40 Outro
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