USA BID COMMITTEE RECEIVES $100,000 DONATION FROM CAL SOUTH TO SUPPORT U.S. BID FOR FIFA WORLD CUP™ IN 2018 OR 2022
August 18, 2009
From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center:
USA BID COMMITTEE RECEIVES $100,000 DONATION FROM CAL SOUTH
USA Bid Committee Launches Online Fundraising Campaign at goUSAbid.com
"We want to thank Cal South for affirming their early support of the USA Bid," said Sunil Gulati, the Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. "Our bid is an investment, in every sense of the word, to pave the road for the next decade of the development of soccer in the United States. Cal South's support further exemplifies the leadership role that this organization has taken in all areas of promoting and developing the sport in the United States."
Cal South is an industry leader in soccer both on and off the field. Cal South teams have captured 28 youth soccer national championships this decade. The high level of play throughout their leagues has produced more than 30 percent of U.S. Men's and Women's National Team members. Cal South's State and National Cup are the two largest and most prestigious youth soccer tournaments in Southern California featuring more than 2,000 teams. Off the field, Cal South is engaged in several urban outreach initiatives throughout Los Angeles and runs the annual Soccer Nation Expo, the largest free soccer family expo in the United States, held each year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
"We believe that this is an investment in the future of soccer in Southern California and the United States that can be best achieved by bringing the excitement, worldwide attention, and pride that comes with hosting the games," said Gregg Falk, President of Cal South.
The donation commitment by Cal South is the largest received by the USA Bid Committee to date after last week's launch of goUSAbid.com. The Web site was designed to serve as the nerve center for fundraising and all USA Bid Committee initiatives and communication leading up to FIFA's announcement in December 2010 of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
"We want to thank Cal South for their initiative to support the USA Bid with their donation," said David Downs, the Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee. "Donations such as these will allow us the resources to successfully compete for the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 without having to tap into the funds that have been set aside to support the other aspects of the growth of soccer in the U.S."
"The opportunity to host another World Cup and the inherent boost the game would receive at all levels made this an easy decision for us," said John Weinerth, Chief Executive Officer of Cal South. "Our job is to grow the game at the grassroots level, and the potential to host the world's biggest event in Southern California again is well supported by our 180,000 players, coaches, referees and administrators."
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