On Monday, January 22nd Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc. (NOW) met with members of the Killingly Target management team and local soccer programs to celebrate grant funds recently awarded to NOW. The funds, totaling $1,000, will support NOW scholarships for children participating in local soccer programs in 2018.

In the summer of 2017, NOW applied for funds from the Target Youth Soccer Grants Program, available through the Target Corporation. As part of the program, Target provides annual grants on behalf of each Target store and distribution center in the U.S. to federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, accredited schools, or public agencies located in the U.S. A preference is given to programs serving in-need communities. The grants are intended to provide support for player registration fees, player and field equipment, and training and professional development for volunteer coaches.

Throughout the year, NOW partners with local youth serving organizations focused on sports and other healthy activities. NOW has a long history with supporting soccer in the region and currently partners with Canterbury Athletic AssociationKillingly Youth Soccer Parents AssociationNeconn Soccer Club, and Plainfield Soccer-Club. In 2017, NOW provided over $22,000 in scholarship support to 272 children. This number includes approximately $8,000 in soccer scholarships, assisting 106 children.

NOW Executive Director, Sarah Wolfburg commented, “NOW is very grateful to the Target Corporation for this grant. We believe that a sport like soccer provides more than just athleticism; it also gives children a chance to learn about teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, and so many other important qualities. The $1,000 in funds will ensure that children in the region get the opportunity to play and learn.”