Chester, PA. On October 14, Chester Upland Youth Soccer—a sports-based youth development 501c3 nonprofit organization—will be holding the first annual Run 291 Challenge at Talen Energy Stadium—the home of the Philadelphia Union. The Run 291 Challenge is a competitive 5K race for runners and walkers of all ages. Proceeds will benefit Chester Upland Youth Soccer and their innovative program Soccer for Success, a free after-school mentorship program that uses soccer to promote healthy living habits and positive teamwork among 450 Chester children and their families.
Of the Run 291 Challenge, Executive Director Brendan Grady said, “We believe in the power of sport to build community. In partnership with Pioneer Timing, we’ll be providing runners the unique opportunity to race along the footprint of the beautiful Talen Energy stadium and support our innovative after school mentorship program, Soccer for Success. Every single child deserves a mentor; every single runner will be helping us work towards that vision in Chester.”
When: Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8AM
Where: Talen Energy Stadium (free parking), 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA 19013
How: Register by October 7 at www.run291.com Cost : $35 for early registrants; $40 on day of race
About Chester Upland Youth Soccer: The mission of Chester Upland Youth Soccer is to use the game of soccer to mentor youth, promote healthy living habits, engage families within the Chester, Upland, and surrounding communities, and provide participants a pathway to reach the highest levels of academic and athletic excellence.
The signature program of CUYS is Soccer for Success—the US Soccer Foundation’s national program model proven to deliver favorable health outcomes to underserved communities. In 2012, Widener University received grant funding from the US Soccer Foundation and the Social Innovation Fund to launch Soccer for Success in the Chester and Upland communities. For six years with the generous support of the US Soccer Foundation and under the auspices of Widener University, Chester Upland Youth Soccer staff have successfully run Soccer for Success in the Chester and Upland Communities impacting over 1900 participants. To ensure the long-term sustainability of Soccer for Success in Chester-Upland and to build upon the momentum of the program, Chester Upland Youth Soccer became a full 501c3 non profit in the summer of 2017.