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January 30, 2013

Esperanza Academy receives U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant

LAWRENCE — The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a $12,500 grant to Esperanza Academy to support Esperanza’s new competitive and intramural soccer teams. The award will help fund the teams’ equipment, uniforms, and transportation.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 48 grants totaling more than $2.4 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved areas across 21 states and the District of Columbia.

The Foundation strives to assist and grow the sport of soccer, as well as improve the well-being of children in under-resourced communities, by awarding grants to support all aspects of the game.

“We are thrilled to receive the support and endorsement of the U.S. Soccer Foundation,” said Esperanza Academy’s Head of School Christopher H. Wilson. “Like the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we believe that playing soccer, and other sports, encourages children to lead healthier lifestyles and teaches them important life skills such as working collaboratively, setting goals, sportsmanship, and dealing with pressure.”

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation believes that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer in an environment that is safe and promotes positive development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

This academic year, Esperanza Academy launched its first competitive and intramural athletic program.

Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school for girls of modest means from Lawrence.

BoomerVenture activities

ANDOVER — Feb. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. Please join discussion on the future of Andover’s 50-plus BoomerVenture program. Share coffee and dessert and then afterward view the controversial, award-winning documentary “Wei Wei: Never Sorry.” Please RSVP to let us know you will join us or give us feedback at kpaynetaylor@andoverma.gov.

Registration begins February 11 for next series of classes.

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