Q4 Newsletter

Dear GPS Foundation Supporter,

I hope this finds you well, and Happy New Year! I’d like to take a minute to update you on the GPS Foundation and our exciting progress from the past few months. As always, we are incredibly grateful for your support, and I hope that you will continue to support us in 2019. Your support has helped us change the lives of hundreds of kids from around the world!

Inner City Initiative - Partnership With America Soccer Foundation
This Fall, we partnered with America Soccer Foundation. ASF is a non-profit that is based in East Boston and was founded in 2010 by Victor Ortega. Victor offers free soccer training to kids from ages 8-12. Moreover, ASF serves predominantly disadvantaged children from families that have recently immigrated. In partnership with the GPS Foundation, ASF was able to participate in the New England Premiership. The GPS Foundation also provides ASF players and coaches with uniforms, equipment, and coaching development tools. The 2007 boys tied for third in the NEP with 6 wins and two losses. Finally, the 2006 boys won their league finishing also with 6 wins and 2 losses! We’re looking forward to watching their growth in 2019!

Developing Nations - Partnership With FC Toro
In August, Global Premier Soccer, and the GPS Foundation announced a partnership with FC Toro of Haiti which saw the club become a “Powered By GPS” club. As a result, players and coaches of FC Toro have access to new pathways including the GPS National Teams and FC Bayern ID Programs, as well as educational opportunities outside of Haiti. The GPS Foundation will be providing support for a food program for malnourished players, while assisting with travel opportunities to allow FC Toro players to participate in GPS events as guests and for coaches to participate in coaching education programs with GPS.
In November, the GPS Foundation hosted three players (two boys and one girl) and two coaches from FC Toro. The three players participated in the GPS Thanksgiving Showcase and had great success. Furthermore, the GPS Foundation took the three players on tours of prep schools around New England. We are thrilled to announce that Guerline Guerrier was offered a full scholarship to Kimball Union Academy! Furthermore, the two coaches were able to travel with me to the Annual GPS Staff Retreat.
Check out a recap from the week, below

Along with the GPS Thanksgiving Showcase, six players of FC Toro traveled to compete in the Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando, Florida. Paul Fritz of FC Toro scored 3 goals which were all assisted by Cima Molensky. Cima scored 2 goals himself! I’d like to congratulate these six players and thank the 2001s for having them!

GPS Foundation Second Annual Fall/Winter Sweepstakes
As of last week, our second annual GPS Foundation Fall/Winter Sweepstakes ended. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise over $40,000. Although we did not meet our goal of $100,000, this money will help us continue our work and help change kids’ lives. Congrats to the top fundraiser, Aiden A of GPS Orange County! Aiden raised $1,605 and won a new XBOX One! Also, I’d like to congratulate Jacob Westadt for winning the Sweepstakes Grand Prize which is a trip to any Fairmont Worldwide. We hope you enjoy your trip, Jacob!

Day Of Service
Earlier this Fall, the GPS Foundation organized and participated in a Day Of Service with GPS MA. As part of this program, I established a relationship with Horizons For Homeless Children. Horizons looks to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. At this year’s Day Of Service, the GPS Foundation and GPS MA staff were asked to procure various items that are beneficial to Horizons and the children such as toys, arts & crafts, and cleaning supplies. Our combined effort allowed us to procure over 150 sets of gifts for Horizons! Finally, we also organized over 1,000 pieces of uniforms that we collected during our annual Giveback Program. Check out a video from our second annual Day Of Service!


I am incredibly excited to announce our most recent update. The GPS Foundation has been awarded a grant by the United Soccer Coaches Foundation. More specifically, we have been selected as a 2019 awardee for a Host-A-Course grant. In late January, I will be traveling to Haiti along with two United Soccer Coaches instructors, 3 GPS coaches, and 3 GPS Foundation staff members. We will deliver a series of free programs to the soccer community in Port Au Prince including an FC Bayern ID event for u11 and u12 players, GPS National Team clinics for u13 - u18 players, an education seminar with Global Premier Scholarships, and an 11 v 11 coaching course for 50 Haitian coaches.

We are also looking forward to our February International Volunteer trip to a Maasai village in Kenya. On this trip, 36 GPS players, parents, and friends, along with two GPS Foundation staff members will build a soccer pitch in a remote village and then run a free clinic for local village children. Thanks to support from our partners at WeGotSoccer.com, we will leave the community with plenty of new equipment for them to enjoy the beautiful game on their new field.

Again, I want to personally thank you for supporting our efforts in 2018. We are changing players’ and coaches’ lives by creating new opportunities and pathways for them both on the fields and in the classrooms. Please help us impact more deserving kids’ lives this year by making an additional contribution.

Thankfully,

Steve Schechter,
Executive Director
GPS Foundation


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