The Challenger Foundation

The Challenger Foundation

Our Mission

Challenger Foundation

At Challenger we want to ignite a passion for soccer and sports in kids who otherwise could not afford to participate. In doing so, we hope to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged children in the US and overseas, who otherwise may never be given the same opportunities that other children take for granted.

In 2020 and 2021 this will extend to the First Responders community given the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Challenger Foundation will work alongside Challenger Sports and Challenger Teamwear to help raise funds whilst also providing programming, uniforms and equipment to the underprivileged soccer players of tomorrow.

Support Our Work

If you want to support our mission to bring sports to disadvantaged communities, you can make a donation

How Kids Benefit

 

The program is designed to:

  • Help engage children in positive and healthy sports activities during traditionally at risk hours.
  • Build a culture of personal growth and achievement while developing young people with strong character and good values who can become the future leaders in each community.
  • Provide a fully funded summer camp that would foster enthusiasm and focus for kids outside of the regular school calendar.
  • Set up local community after school Soccer Programs for communities where previously there was not one.
  • Set up seasonal and topical projects to drive donations and specific causes.
  • Identify individual children or families and ensure they are given the same opportunities as others in their community.
  • Provide uniforms and/or equipment for organizations in need.
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Do You Know A First Responder Super Hero?

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Rewarding Our Heroes

The Challenger Foundation is proud to launch its Soccer Heroes initiative.

Over the past 12 months we have been raising money, waiting for the world to be ready for soccer again.

That time is now. We will be using the money we have raised, and hope to continue to raise, to offer FREE places on our camps to the families of First Responders.

NOMINATE A FIRST RESPONDER SUPERHERO

Look Like A Hero

Visit our Marvel Soccer Heroes store where Challenger Teamwear will make a donation to The Challenger Foundation on your behalf for every jersey that is purchased

LOOK LIKE A HER0
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More Information about
The Challenger Foundation

More Information about
The Challenger Foundation

More Information about
The Challenger Foundation

More Information about
The Challenger Foundation

More Information about
The Challenger Foundation

The Challenger Foundation is working to bring professional, educational, and impactful soccer programs to underprivileged youth of all age groups. These programs help to foster and promote healthy living habits at a young age, by engaging kids in regular physical activity, and involving local parents in coaching and support roles. Professional coaching, mentorship, and the involvement in team play through these programs would also foster development in life and social skills, communication, and responsibility. In addition to health and developmental education. Future plans also include introducing additional sports and creating academic support programs.

The initial goal is to engage local middle school and High School students in locally based fully funded camp programs, and then to set up local after school soccer coaching programs in each market. Beginning with a pilot program in Wyandotte County, Challenger plans to expand this programming next year throughout Kansas City KS and Kansas City MO,  and also duplicate the model in our other major markets.

The program would:

  • Help engage children in positive and healthy sports activities during traditionally at risk hours.

  • Build a culture of personal growth and achievement while developing young people with strong character and good values who can become the future leaders in each community.

  • Provide a fully funded summer camp that would help bring attention to and launch the program in each local community.  (Boys & Girls grades 6-8)

  • Set up local community after school Soccer Programs for players of all abilities (Boys & Girls ages 5-18)

  • Duplicate camp programs and after school coaching nationwide

  • Create organized teams for local in house play (Boys & Girls ages 6-16)

  • Create competitive teams who would travel to local leagues (Boys & Girls ages 10-18)

  • Provide opportunities for competitive teams to participate in local, regional, national tournaments

  • Provide opportunities for competitive players and teams to travel and compete overseas.

Programs would be staffed by both qualified international coaches who would also train local coaches to help sustain the program and to create a stronger bond with the local community.

The long term vision would be to establish a permanent physical base for each academy where educational and pastoral support can be provided to the children and the members of the clubs can be involved in community give-back programs.

Since our inception in 1985, the company has raised over $15 million dollars directly benefiting the players, parents, and coaches involved in grassroots soccer programs in each of the 50 US states and in 7 Canadian provinces. As an additional gift to each community, Challenger also provided hundreds of free coaching clinics for thousands of local volunteer coaches. Challenger has partnered with United Soccer Coaches to help provide grassroots training where it is needed most – to the mom or dad who has kindly given up their time to coach their child’s team in the local league.

Each year Challenger Sports also donates valuable equipment, soccer balls and uniforms to many soccer based charities, schools, orphanages and missions in Central and South America and Africa, and supports several national and international community outreach programs.

Dear Mr. Arch,

I just wanted to thank all of you one more time for your incredibly generous donations. We were able to fill up 16 suitcases filled with cleats, balls, jerseys, shorts, shinguards, socks, cones and sweatshirts. The response was overwhelming. Last month, Oceans of Mercy was able to deliver the gear. Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with me and for delivering the goods.  Thanks again and best of luck to all your kids in their upcoming Spring soccer season.
Reneé – www.oceansofmercy.com

To Help
The Challenger Foundation

You can show your support for The Challenger Foundation by clicking on the Donate Button Below

DONATE

Click the button below to nominate a First Responder for their child/children to attend one of our camps free of charge

NOMINATE

Visit our Marvel Soccer Heroes store by clicking the button below where Challenger Teamwear will make a donation on your behalf to our Foundation for every jersey that is purchased.

SHOP

If you are a company/business owner and are interested in helping to bring sport to kids in your local community, click on the link below to contact our team.

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