The Rapids Youth Soccer Club Outreach Department is a leader in the world of sport-for-development, pushing the envelope with its scope of programming and innovative approaches to sustainability and club-wide integration. The Outreach Department provides after-school soccer programming to youth in the greater Denver Metro area. We serve approximately 1,000 players each season, focusing on physical activity, nutrition education, and coach-mentorship. Schools compete on Saturdays against other nearby teams in one of the largest free in-house soccer leagues in the country.

Our Outreach ProgramĀ providesĀ underserved youth with soccer opportunities through clinics, leagues, and scholarships. We serve thousands of students in low-incomeĀ Denver and Greeley communities. Our in-house divisions are teams within our free Soccer for Success after-school program. The schools we work with compete on weekends during spring and fall seasons. Schools in the league have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the program. We target low-income areas based on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced school lunches.

Our leagues include:

  • after school programming,
  • weekend competitive matches,
  • clinics, and
  • scholarship opportunities.
SEE OUR SUCCESS STORIES
In addition to after-school programming, the Outreach Department administers the Financial Aid program, providing hundreds of youth with a demonstrated financial need the opportunity to register and play for the Rapids Youth Club. To learn more about Financial Aid and how to apply follow the links below.

The Outreach Department is fully supported through a comprehensive fundraising approach that includes grants, events, in-kind donations, membership giving campaigns, and sponsorships. As one of our key partners, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has contributed significant funding and best practices since 2012, providing a nationally-recognized after-school curriculum known as Soccer for Success.

We have a variety of outreach-specific resources available for those involved in our Outreach programming. Rapids Youth Soccer is available to help you with anything you might need as an outreach contractor or volunteer. Visit this link to find job descriptions and important resources for site coordinators, coach-mentors, field coordinators, and outreach referees.

OUTREACH RESOURCES

Outreach Youth Leagues

FREE

  • 3rd to 6th Graders

  • 10 Week Season

  • 8 Games

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Paid Coaches

See Our Outreach Statistics

Where We Are

Our Outreach programs are located throughout Denver and in Greeley. Schools participating in the Soccer for Success
program serve some of the most economically and academically challenged children in the state; 92% of children enrolled
in Soccer for Success are eligible for free or reduced lunch. From 2012-2015, of families who self-identified (15% did not self-identify),
63% identified as Latino, 11% as African-American, 5% as Caucasian, and 6% as Multi-ethnic or other.

Ready to Get Involved?

Let us know how you want to help support Denver kids. Donate, volunteer, coach, or sponsor.

Donate

Our programs survive on individual, foundation, and grant support. Consider providing a monetary donation to the Rapids Youth Soccer outreach effort.

Volunteer

Want to help out? Send us an email to let us know if you’re available for any of the following 2018-19 fundraising events:

  • FootGolf – October 21st, 2018
  • Icebreaker Tournament – March 2019
  • Kelvin Norman Tournament – June 2019

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