Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's after-school youth development program that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills. Soccer for Success is offered free to participants by the Independent Health Foundation. 

Soccer for Success pairs soccer drills with nutrition education, both of which are taught by consistent, caring coach-mentors whose primary focus is to provide children living in underserved communities with the opportunity to develop positive physical and social skills. Participants exercise for 75-90 minutes a day, at least three times per week, for up to 24 weeks in the academic year.

A key component of the program is mentorship. Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serve as mentors to the children who participate. These nationally trained coach-mentors are invested in the successful development of the participants. They take the time to get to know each child, their family and what motivates them.

Independent Health Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on providing the Western New York community with the support and resources people can use to lead healthy lifestyles - today and in the future.

To learn more about the programs and resources Independent Health Foundation brings to the community please visit each tile below. 


Buffalo Soccer for Success

Free after-school youth development program serving Western New York children in grades K-8. Encouraging kids in underserved areas to establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through soccer.

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Fitness for Kids Challenge

Challenges every child to get daily exercise, proper rest and make good nutrition choices leading to healthier students, stronger bodies, focused minds and greater performance.

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Good for the Neighborhood

Empowers families in underserved neighborhoods to eat right, be active, see their doctor and live a smoke-free lifestyle by connecting them with the tools and resources needed to be healthy.

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Healthy Options | Buffalo

A community resource to help people make more informed decisions while eating in and dining out. Collaborates with local restaurants, food trucks and festivals to provide healthy food choices to the public. Coordinates cooking classes to teach healthy cooking skills and methods.

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First Night Buffalo

Families come together to engage in safe and healthy activities while ringing in the New Year at Western New York's largest drug and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration.

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Kids Run

Free event that encourages families to be active and fit. Includes a 1.8 mile family walk/run, a mini-dash for children aged 2-5, and a diaper derby for infants.

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Growing Up Strong

Growing up Strong - Starts young children off on the right path to a healthy future by supporting families and pediatricians with the developmental needs of children from birth to age 5.

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