A partnership between Better Tomorrows and the JT Dorsey Foundation Soccer for Success Program brings 25 youth to the White House from The Michaels Organizationâ€™s Regency Park Apartments in Coatesville, PA.
Online PR News – 27-March-2013 – Marlton, NJ – Young soccer players who live at an affordable housing community served by the non-profit supportive services organization, Better Tomorrows, had a once in a lifetime opportunity yesterday, when they traveled to the White House to participate in a special Letâ€™s Move! event honoring the 2012 Championship teams, the LA Galaxy and LA Kings.
The twenty-five children who attended are youth soccer players who live at Regency Park Apartments, an affordable housing community for low and moderate-income families owned by The Michaels Organization. Regency Park provide a host of social services designed to empower residents and support the wider neighborhood through a strategic partnership with Better Tomorrows.
In 2012, JT Dorsey, a retired pro soccer player who lived at Regency Park Apartments when he was growing up, offered to bring the U.S. Soccer Foundationâ€™s Soccer for Success program to Regencyâ€™s young residents through his J.T. Dorsey Foundation, a community-based non-profit organization that, through its partnership with The U.S. Soccer Foundation, seeks to provide key services that are lacking, but necessary, in inner city Pennsylvania communities. More than 35 children who live at Regency Park are currently involved in the program, which is provided to them completely free of charge.
â€śIn addition to my hometown, the Coatesville program is important for the JT Dorsey Foundation because the need for programs and services are great in the area,â€ť Dorsey said. The poverty rate in 2009 was 12.9% statewide, 16% for children. For Coatesville 27.2% of its residents reported living in poverty with a chilling 40% of its children 11 years old and younger living in poverty.
â€śWith the help of Crystal Lowery, Better Tomorrowâ€™s Social Services Coordinator at Regency Park, Amy Oâ€™Grady, the head coach and coordinator of the Soccer for Success Program, and the entire staff at Regency, we have used the game of soccer to positively influence the lives of the participants and help them change their attitudes towards academic excellence, living health lifestyles, and their ability to make positive sustainable changes in their world,â€ť said JT Dorsey.
Rebecca Tone, President and CEO of Better Tomorrows, said that the partnership between Better Tomorrows and the JT Dorsey Foundation has been a great success in the Coatesville community, and that she was delighted the children had the unique opportunity to participate in the Letâ€™s Move event.
â€śThe impact this program has on our youth participants is incredible and, as such, we are delighted at the possibility of exploring how we can grow this program to reach more children facing adversity in Better Tomorrowsâ€™ communities.â€ť
About Better Tomorrows: Better Tomorrows gives youth, families, and neighborhoods the services and support they need to realize their potential and overcome the effects of generational poverty. By providing a continuum of comprehensive services to struggling neighborhoods, Better Tomorrows programming builds skills, improves civic engagement and pride in the community, and fosters confidence in a better tomorrow for all of its residents
About The Michaels Organization: The Michaels Organization is a family of eight integrated but independent companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-income, military, and student housing. Our mission is to create attractive residential communities for families, seniors, military service members, and students that stand the test of time and that are managed to maximize long-term value for residents as well as investors. Serving more than 100,000 residents in 340 communities across 33 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and with a development portfolio valued in excess of $3 billion, The Michaels Organization is a national leader in the residential real estate industry, with full service capabilities in development, property and asset management, construction, mortgage finance, and tax credit syndication. Visit http://www.TheMichaelsOrg.com for more information.
About The JT Dorsey Soccer Foundation: About The JT Dorsey Soccer Foundation:
The JT Dorsey Foundation is a non-profit, youth development organization. The JT Dorsey Foundationâ€™s mission is to provide wellness education, physical activity, mentoring, leadership, employment training and a safe space for at-risk children to grow up. The JTDF uses the medium of soccer to develop strong moral character, inspire academic excellence and promote community involvement for participants. The JT Dorsey Foundation currently offers programs for youth ages 5-18 located in Coatesville, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Philadelphia and York, Pennsylvania