At the Goals Foundation we feel every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing sports, the joy of teamwork and experience of being on a field or court. Our programs and partnerships with other youth serving organizations are designed to meet the needs of under-served and at-risk youth, including youth with special needs.
Rising Stars is a free soccer program for children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities that takes them off the sidelines and puts them onto the field where they get to taste the joy of team experience. Ages range from 4 years old to adult, and players are matched based on cognitive ability and skill. The unique design of Rising Stars allows players to achieve personal success using Buddies, volunteers who translate each session to the level and ability of their players, ensuring each player is successful on the field.
The Goals Foundation purchases, collects and distributes new and gently used sports equipment to underserved kids, teams and clubs in need. The Passback Program allows us to enrich lives through sports and provide desperately needed equipment to those who need it most. Most recently, Goals Foundation collected equipment for the many youth and youth organizations impacted by the Nor Cal Fires.
Joe Belluzzo Housed at FC Soccer in Santa Rosa,, used outdoor soccer cleats are available to youth in need at no cost. Where possible, we ask that players bring in a used but good condition pair of cleats to trade up for a new size. The shoe bank runs on donated cleats from the community. Donated shoes are welcome always.
Atletico has a vision that mirrors ours at the Goals Foundation. They have a long history of providing at risk youth an opportunity to have a safe and positive experience through their affordable recreational and competitive soccer program.
The smiles on everyone’s faces…that’s what it’s all about! Players, volunteers, parents and fans all have a great time and it’s clear their mission of creating positive life experiences for children and adults with disabilities comes to life at each game.
The Goals Foundation is proud to partner with the Movement Lab, which provides scholarships for dancers with disabilities and/or who need financial assistance. In addition to scholarships, through our partnership, we also provide funding for transportation and equipment.
Goals Foundation is proud to support the Spitfire Leadership & Sports Academy. Through this partnership, we aim to educate our community about the importance of helping those less fortunate than us globally.
Spitfire aims to transform lives through training of the great game of soccer. The mission is to teach not only the highest level of soccer skills, but also leadership, discipline, self confidence, responsibility, respect, transparency and honesty towards others and team work.
Community Matters is an internationally recognized innovative and thought-leading organization committed to improving the social-emotional climate of our nation’s schools and communities. In 1996, after twenty years as a teacher and administrator in the public school system, Rick Phillips, former Executive Director, founded Community Matters.
Since 1949, The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa has provided boys and girls with a place to learn, play, develop academic skills, and engage in physical activity. We satisfy the age-old desire of young people to have a “club” of their own. Our club is staffed by full-time and part-time Youth Development Professionals. Additionally, this team of professionals are supplemented by passionate and caring volunteers.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Currently in its 67th year, the SCMAAF’s Give-a-Gift program began as an opportunity for individuals to give back by adopting a foster youth to shop for during the holidays. It has become a vibrant, successful fundraising program that creates holiday magic. For many children, it’s the only gift they receive.