Children from LA SCORES and OCA International will learn soccer tips from LA Galaxy players

WHO: Los Angeles Galaxy Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa, Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and USSF Region IV Coach Ralph Perez will provide children from LA SCORES and OCA International programs an opportunity to strengthen their soccer skills by conducting a free clinic as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program and the LA Galaxy's Clinic Series. These local children will have the opportunity to take on the players one-on-one as they demonstrate winning techniques. The clinic will not only enhance soccer skills, but will also encourage teamwork and help to improve leadership skills.

WHAT: The U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program, presented by Western Union, is a grassroots initiative designed to assist disadvantaged community organizations and their soccer players by contributing donated soccer equipment. Through its Major League Soccer (MLS) Passback Challenge, the program collects new and gently used apparel and equipment from MLS fans throughout the season and donates the items to local groups in need.

At the event, Western Union and will make a formal announcement regarding their continuing corporate support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program. Additionally, the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), headquartered in Hawthorne, CA, will donate 3,000+ decorated jerseys to the Passback Program. The jerseys will go to the Los Angeles Galaxy, two-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Team Humanitarian of the Year Award, who will distribute them to needy children in their hometown.

WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2006
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Griffith Park (soccer field is adjacent to Park)
3401 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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About The U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation was established in 1994 to manage the surplus funds generated by the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States. Under the guidance of its Board of Directors, the Foundation has taken a leading role in supporting the continuous development of the sport at all levels. Over $40 million in grants, financial support and loans have been made to help develop a soccer nation. The Foundation has provided more than 387 grants focused on developing players, coaches and referees and building or enhancing fields and soccer complexes, with a special emphasis on the economically disadvantaged in urban areas. For more information, or to donate online, please visit

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