Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point for over a decade has conducted a soccer program for youth through the support of the Eddie Pope Foundation. The league is under the direction of Danny McDonald, Unit Director of the Carson Stout Club and serves both boys and girls. The Eddie Pope Foundation is the result of a vision held by Eddie Pope. Eddie is a member of both the 1998 and 2002 United States Men’s National soccer team and the Real Salt Lake professional soccer team. His passion and dedication to the game have materialized into many awards and credits. However, in addition to loving the game of soccer, Eddie also has a great love for children, especially those children who face special challenges.
In 1997 Eddie Pope began thinking of an organization that would bring soccer to inner city youths. He wanted to bring soccer to children who, without financial and organizational support, would not be able to participate in this team sport which produces so many rewards and benefits. In particular, he wanted underserved youth to have the opportunity to experience a sport that demands a lot but gives back so much more.
Eddie wanted a program that would encompass all of these much needed life lessons in the spirit of fun, family, and community. The work that needed to be done made a formal organizational structure a necessity and on December 24, 1998 the Eddie Pope Foundation, Inc. was created.
The Mission of the Eddie Pope Foundation is to use soccer to help develop the mind, body, and spirit of underserved youth.
Goals of the program are:
- The development of comprehensive soccer programs in urban/inner city communities that emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork.
- The development and reinforcement of positive relationships.
- The development of constructive programs during out of school hours.
- The development of educational programs that will promote vital life skills.
- The development of scholarship programs.