A Brief History

Soccer Saves is a nonprofit humanitarian organization. It was established as a division of Northwest Soccer Fund in 2009 for the purpose of helping disadvantaged young people in Africa live happier and healthier lives. Soccer Saves was co-founded by legendary Hall of Fame soccer coach, Cliff McCrath, and humanitarian industry champion, Frank Schott.

Promoting healthy lifestyles through sports based programming is increasingly seen as an effective way to discourage gender violence among young men ages 12-18 and reduce the incidence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Save the Children (Africa), Seattle Sounders FC and the Northwest Soccer Fund are partnering to fund, develop and deliver programs in Africa with the goal of educating young men about healthy lifestyle practices using soccer and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a draw.

The Save the Children program will be funded through the generous support of Seattle Sounders FC, soccer fans all over the world (and corporate supporters.) In 2009, the Sounders FC embarked on their inaugural season in the MLS (Major League Soccer), the premier soccer league in the United States. Using a combination of community based soccer activities, in-game soccer promotions and internet marketing, Sounders FC and the Northwest Soccer Fund will support a two year program designed to dramatically increase awareness that result in healthy lifestyles being passed from generation to generation.

The Save the Children healthy lifestyles program will be led by legendary college soccer coach, Cliff McCrath. During his 49 years as a college soccer coach, Mr. McCrath directed his teams to 36 postseason appearances and 597 wins (ten short of the all time record for college coaches). During his tenure his teams reached the NCAA National Championship game ten times, winning five. Mr. McCrath holds the record for 37 consecutive winning seasons and is a member of six Halls of Fame, including the United States Soccer Hall of Fame where he shared his induction in 1993 with none other than Pelé.

McCrath is a nationally recognized public speaker having addressed scores of corporate meetings and, most notably, has been the keynote speaker for the National Soccer Coaches annual convention for 33 consecutive years. In St. Louis on January 16, 2009, he was the keynoter for the 34th time. Mr. McCrath is a long time advocate of healthy lifestyles programs through his work with Soccer in the Streets, an inner city program for economically deprived children.

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