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Sounders FC Announces University of Washington as Presenting Partner for RAVE Foundation Youth Camps

SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC Charity Partner, RAVE Foundationannounced today that the University of Washingtonone of the leading public universities in the country, joined the organization as presenting sponsor of RAVE Foundation Soccer Camps. Through its camp program, RAVE offers free and high quality football training using qualified coaches and mentors to model inclusivity, teamwork and positive reinforcement so that all participants feel supported while learning new football skills and having fun. Camps and clinics are hosted both on RAVE Fields and at schools, parks and community centers in underserved neighborhoods.

The new partnership also aligns with the mission of the University of Washington Center for Athletic Leadership (UWCLA) to develop effective leaders and leadership practices that maximize the positive and educational impact of athletics. In 2019, a study by the Center for Leadership in Athletics at the University of Washington, in partnership with King County Parks and The Aspen Institute, found that less than 19% of young people in the region are getting the amount of physical activity recommended by the Centers for Disease. Control and Prevention.

“The UW is thrilled to expand its partnership with the Seattle Sounders by supporting RAVE Camps this year,” said Nicole Morry Dierks, UW’s interim associate vice president for brand marketing strategy. “We are proud to do our part to help have this positive impact on the community, empowering children to participate in soccer and helping to strengthen communities in our region. Through this engagement, we hope to connect with young people and illustrate the possibility of higher education.

Today’s partnership announcement reinforces RAVE’s commitment to using football as a vehicle to support whole, healthy children of all ages, from kindergarten through high school, and serve young people in marginalized communities or underfunded through its year-round programs, incorporating not only football skills but also leadership and mental and physical motor skills.

“We are thrilled to have the University of Washington as our newest presenting partner for RAVE Camps. RAVE Camps are free, high-quality football coaching experiences serving youth from marginalized communities,” said the vice-president. Chairman of Sounders FC Philanthropy and Executive Director of the RAVE Foundation. Ashley Fosberg. “These week-long experiences not only help develop football skills, but they encourage teamwork, leadership and learning new things. We are proud to have UW on our side as partners. education to serve the youth of our region. As we strive to deeply serve the communities in which RAVE Fields is placed, it is more important than ever to have mission-aligned partners. Many RAVE programs utilize football as a vehicle for deeper learning like STEM, physical literacy and the arts, to name a few. For this reason, I can’t think of a better partner for RAVE Camps than the Washington University.

RAVE Camps are free and open to all, allowing registration for members of the local community at each camp. Participants who live in a low-income housing community or are part of summer meal programs are also recruited by local RAVE community networks to attend RAVE Camps. Camp attendees can look forward to a series of week-long training experiences hosted by longtime RAVE partner Cultures United FC at multiple Seattle-area locations.

This year there are different locations and dates scheduled to accommodate those wishing to participate in the program and a more detailed schedule can be found below.

  • Chelsea Park (Burien): August 8-12, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. PT
  • South Delridge (West Seattle): August 8-12, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT
  • Genesee Park and Playground (Seattle): August 15-19, 9:00-12:00 PT
  • Valley Ridge Field (SeaTac): August 22-26, 9:00-12:00 PT
  • field house (Des Moines): August 22-26, 2-5 PM PT

Those interested in participating in a RAVE program can email [email protected] to receive additional information or visit

The RAVE Foundation, the official charitable partner of Sounders FC, was founded in 2013 to serve the greater Puget Sound community. The mission of the RAVE Foundation is to build small pitches for free play and invest in programs that use football as a vehicle to inspire young people and strengthen communities. By building small fields, the RAVE Foundation helps break down barriers to participation, providing a place where children can play freely, be physically active and safe, and be inclusive actors in their communities.

The RAVE Foundation opened its flagship small field at Yesler Terrace Park in the heart of Seattle in 2018, launching the foundation’s “RAVE Fields” program, which is dedicated to opening mini futsal fields and small soccer fields throughout the region. Court locations are chosen with the intent of supporting underserved communities and providing locations for free play, as courts cannot be rented by groups or teams and must remain open to the community at all times. Recently, the RAVE Foundation invested mini-locations in the former Roxhill Elementary in Seattle, Valley Ridge Park in SeaTac, and Beverly Park Elementary in Burien, with more in the pipeline.


The University of Washington is a public research university in Seattle, Washington and one of the premier public universities in the world. Founded in 1861, Washington is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast with its main campus located in the city’s University District, as well as campuses in Tacoma and Bothell. Ranked #7 in the world in US News & World Report’s Top Global Universities rankings, UW educates more than 54,000 students each year, turning ideas into impact and transforming lives and our world. Overall, UW comprises more than 500 buildings and more than 20 million gross square feet of space, including one of the largest library systems in the world with more than 26 university libraries, art centers, museums , laboratories, lecture halls and stadiums. The university offers degrees in 140 departments and operates on a quarter system. To learn more, visit