As the official education partner of Major League Soccer, Southern New Hampshire University is joining forces with MLS clubs in the United States and Canada to make a real, measurable impact in local communities. The goal is to support youth programs, local charities and the military through various community-based initiatives, including the MLS WORKS 20 for 20 Mini-Pitch Initiative, KickStart fundraising program and Operation: Back of the Net.
To date, these initiatives have raised $100,000 for the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success Program and $294,000 for the United Service Organization (USO). For the 20 for 20 Mini-Pitch Initiative, SNHU and MLS partnered with co-sponsors MLS WORKS, adidas and the U.S. Soccer Foundation to build 20 mini soccer fields in city neighborhoods, creating a safe place to play for children in underserved communities.
SNHU Awards Scholarship to Community Member
In March 2016, SNHU President Paul LeBlanc awarded a full academic scholarship to Santa Ana, CA, community member Veronica Rodriguez during the unveiling of a new mini-pitch at Andrew Jackson Elementary School. "Once I finish, I'll be the first college graduate in my family," Rodriguez said.
Frisco, TX, “Science of Soccer” Clinic with FC Dallas, 6/13/2016
The SNHU women's soccer team - along with several FC Dallas players - showed the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas where the sport and STEM intersect during a "Science of Soccer" clinic. The event introduced the girls to opportunities available to them in the industry, using soccer as a learning tool.
Texas, Mini-Pitch and STEM Lab Unveiling with FC Dallas, 9/14-15/2017
Two middle schools in Texas benefited from the SNHU/FC Dallas partnership, as one received a new mini-pitch and the other was gifted three mobile STEM labs. The donations allow the organizations to continue their support of assisting schools in underserved neighborhoods.
Downey, CA, Habitat for Humanity & L.A. Galaxy, 5/19/2017
When SNHU students work together, great things happen. Over a dozen students joined volunteers from the L.A. Galaxy and nonprofit Mission Continues to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. One volunteer - a formerly homeless Navy veteran - was also surprised with a full-tuition scholarship to SNHU.
Los Angeles, CA, STEAM Academy Week with L.A. Galaxy, 10/23-27/2017
Los Angeles middle-schoolers fused together the science, math and art of soccer during a weeklong STEAM Academy hosted by SNHU and the L.A. Galaxy. SNHU faculty members designed the curriculum, developing hands-on activities that would help the students connect STEAM and everyday experiences.
Watts, CA, Mini-Pitch Opening with L.A. Galaxy, 10/11/2017
The second mini-pitch in Los Angeles was unveiled in Watts, a neighborhood battling high crime rates and low education levels. In partnership with the L.A. Galaxy Foundation, children now have a safe space that allows them to experience a playful, community-centered childhood.
Chicago, IL, MLS All-Star, 7/31-8/02/2017
Chicago’s Gage Park became the home of two new mini-pitches, thanks to the partnership between Major League Soccer and SNHU. MLS All-Stars, like Tim Howard, served as celebrity coaches during a children’s game, and SNHU presented a full scholarship to a deserving community member.
Santa Ana, CA, LA Galaxy, 03/24/2016
SNHU teamed up with LA Galaxy to unveil a new mini-pitch at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Santa Ana, CA, and to present a full scholarship to local community member Veronica Rodriguez.
Roxbury, MA, New England Revolution, 06/17/2016
SNHU and the New England Revolution unveiled a new mini-pitch at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston - Yawkey Club of Roxbury and presented scholarships to two Boys & Girls Clubs staff members.
San Jose, CA, San Jose Earthquakes, 07/27/2016
In honor of the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, SNHU and the San Jose Earthquakes opened a new mini-pitch at Ocala STEAM Academy in San Jose, CA, and awarded a full scholarship to a community member.
Dallas, TX, FC Dallas, 08/15/2016
FC Dallas and SNHU celebrated the unveiling of a new mini-pitch at the Moorland Family YMCA in Dallas, TX, and presented a scholarship to a YMCA staff member ready to return to school at SNHU.
Newark, NJ, New York Red Bulls, 09/24/2016
SNHU partnered with the New York Red Bulls to create a new safe place to play at George Washington Carver School. In addition to the mini-pitch, they sent students to a New York Red Bulls game.
Orlando, FL, Orlando City SC, 05/19/2016
In partnership with the Orlando City Soccer Club, SNHU and its partners celebrated the opening of a new mini-pitch at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse and gave a full scholarship to a community member.
Bronx, NY, New York City FC, 09/14/2016
New York City FC and SNHU unveiled a new mini-pitch at Public School 49 Willis Avenue School in the Bronx and awarded a full college scholarship to a deserving member of the local community.
Columbus, OH, Columbus Crew SC, 05/27/2016
Southern New Hampshire University and Columbus Crew SC revealed a new soccer mini-pitch at Linden Park in Columbus, OH, as part of a partnership with adidas, MLS WORKS and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
Gresham, OR, Portland Timbers, 10/12/2016
SNHU and the Portland Timbers opened a new mini-pitch at Aspen Highlands Park in Gresham, OR, and presented a scholarship to Ricki Ruiz, crime prevention specialist with the city of Gresham.
Squamish, BC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10/12/2016
In partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, SNHU revealed a new mini-pitch at Brennan Park Recreation Centre in Squamish, BC. SNHU gave a full scholarship to a deserving member of the community.