Who are we
Soccer Charities of Connecticut is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting young girls through soccer. Our Empowerment Program is based on after school mentoring with College and High School soccer players as role models. The Player Support Initiative focuses on the providing need-based financial support to players through individual player grants, and club support.
SCC was founded in 2017 by Jim Reilly and Chris Sutter with a group of current and former soccer parents. Over the years, many of our founding members have personally provided needed support to many individual players and clubs.
But we believe that too many young girls are still losing out on the opportunity to play the sport they love due to lack of resources or financial support.
Girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys around the age of 14, and by age 17, nearly 51% will have quit entirely. It is vitally important that girls are able to participate in athletics-it has been shown to improve confidence, teamwork, and perseverance, which we as parents have witnessed firsthand.
But for some players and their families, that vital chance at success can be even harder to seize, especially with rising costs associated with playing and lack of club funding.
Empowering our girls through sport in today’s world is all the more critical.
Our Empowerment Programs aim to help young girls find their inner self and strength and instill a sense of volunteerism in the college and high school players that act as role models for young players.
We also seek to fill the financial opportunity gap and provide every player with the chance to participate in the game through direct player grants and club support. Through the support of companies and the community, SCC will be able to expand past efforts and bring a sustainable resource to our community for the collective benefit of individual young players and clubs alike.