The Foundation

The Challenger Foundation
Each year Challenger Sports donates valuable equipment, soccer balls and uniforms to many soccer based charities, schools, orphanages and missions in Central and South America and Africa.

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In addition, this year Challenger Sports has helped over 2,500 US and Canadian youth soccer organizations raise a total of over $1,000,000 that will help offset significant running costs of their soccer programs.

Since their 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.
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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 the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 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.

For more information about the Challenger Foundation please contact foundation@challengersports.com

Partnership

Challenger’s Tournament Division hosts a series of events nationwide for thousands of boys and girls teams from over 20 states. Their flagship events in Overland Park KS have an economic impact of over $2,000,0000 to the surrounding hotels, restaurants, gas stations and entertainment areas.

Each year the Challenger Tournament division donates over $200,000 to local partner soccer clubs.


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The Challenger coaching staff provide local elementary and middle school teachers with much-needed in school support and each year will deliver physical education classes encouraging children to exercise regularly and introducing them to the skills of soccer. The classes will also include Challenger’s important message of, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Leadership, Sportsmanship and what it takes to be a Champion of Character.

If your school would like to host a Challenger Soccer Class please contact your local Challenger Sports representative.

Each year Challenger donates equipment, soccer balls and uniforms to many schools, orphanages and missions in Central and South America and Africa. Training materials and equipment are also provided to the Spirit of Soccer, a mine awareness program that travels the world educating children about the risk of unexploded land mines. In 2011 Challenger established a not for profit Foundation that will begin raising money to help provide opportunities for children in our inner cities to learn and play soccer.

For more information about the Challenger Foundation please contact foundation@challengersports.com


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. I’ve attached some photos below. Thanks again and best of luck to all your kids in their upcoming Spring soccer season.
Reneé – www.oceansofmercy.com

“Last year we were so appreciative of Challenger Sports donation of soccer balls and shirts. We do not have the financial ability to provide all the children with the equipment they need, without the generosity of Challenger Sports the children we serve could not participate in the sport due to lack of balls and shirts.

The equipment will be in Kenya within the month and will be used extensively by the youngsters, we appreciate your support”

Athletes in Action, a sports based Christian ministry, was invited to bring a team of soccer coaches to the Caribbean island of Dominica by the Ministry of Sport. This team included Kasha Roberts (Asst. Women’s Coach at Dakota Wesleyan University and former player for Dayton Dutch Lions), Kurt Kuykendall (Former professional with the original New York Cosmos and US Pan-Am Team Member), Zach Blaine (Former college athlete and professional in the 2nd Division Bundesliga), and Jeremy and Ashley Tosaya (current head men’s coach at Dakota Wesleyan University).

During our 12 day trip we worked with over 160 students ages 5-17 in the local academy system; the Dominica Men’s National Team, two U20 3rd Division teams, and conducted a coaches clinic for the Dominica FA and the Dominica Football Coaches Association. Our team ran several player clinics working on improving technical ability and small group tactics, and tried to help educate the academy coaches as conducted these player clinics. Our interaction with the coaches association focused mainly on how to design a training session and the elements involved in running an effective practice. During the trip we used the soccer balls donated to us by Challenger Sports, and at the end of the coaches tour we distributed equipment donated to the local soccer academies that we had an opportunity to work with.

Plans are to return this December, 2014 and help the DFA and the Coaches Association run a soccer festival that will bring all the academies together for a weekend tournament. We are still in contact with the DFA Technical Director and Men’s National Team head coach about the development of the national pool of talent, and we correspond regularly with the president of the Coaches Association.

  

Mr. Jones,

Again I would like to say thanks for the soccer balls. The balls were almost to big of a hit. I ended up sending 200+, that was all the capacity they had to carry them. Bishops from the Conespah organization were looking up the delegation requesting soccer balls. The word got out and as the truck would leave the guest house, a huge crowd would gather and swarm the truck.

I received on text while they were in Haiti just telling me “Strong Play” to send soccer balls.

Thanks for your continued support of youth soccer.
Marvin Sommerfeld

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