Meijer, Mondelēz Commemorate Grassroots Soccer Development with Sean Johnson!

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August 29, 2014

Contacts: MSYSA, 734-459-6220,; Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968,

Plymouth, Mich. – Meijer and Mondelēz will commemorate the targeted grassroots campaign Kick In for Your Community on Sept. 4 with U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team player Sean Johnson and a $100,000 donation to the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association and five other state associations including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Northern Ohio and Southern Ohio. 

The donation will support programs such as Soccer Across America, which helps make youth soccer available to lower-income children in under-served communities, and TOPSoccer, which helps children with physical and other disabilities participate in the sport.

Meijer was built on the fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” said Cathy Cooper, senior director of community partnerships and giving for Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer. “We are pleased to partner with Mondelēz to ensure that youth across the Midwest have access to this fun sport.”

The Kick In for Your Community program ran from May 18 to June 25, and received tremendous support from many soccer enthusiasts. Representatives from Meijer will present a $100,000 donation to the six participating US Youth Soccer State Associations at the Cascade Meijer at 5531 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49512 from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

During this special appearance, customers will have an opportunity to get pictures taken with Sean Johnson, as well as his autograph.

“Meijer’s targeted support of our recreation, TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs is unprecedented,” MSYSA Executive Director Tom Faro said. “Thanks to Meijer, we are now in a position to better support these very important programs.”

For more information on the Kick in For Your Community program, click here or visit 

About Michigan State Youth Soccer Association

The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, Inc. (MSYSA) is a nonprofit organization that represents over 89,000+ youth soccer players, 12,000+ coaches, and 8,000+ referees throughout Michigan. MSYSA consists of a vast number of leagues that register players (boys and girls) from ages 4 through 19 throughout the state. MSYSA is a member of the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information on MSYSA, visit 

About Meijer

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

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