Balon USA

Balón USA provides soccer programs to elementary school children who would otherwise not have access to these opportunities. We focus on youth development, health, sportsmanship, and empowering communities by partnering with schools, parents, and community-based organizations in the areas we serve.

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Mission Statement

The mission of Balón USA is to provide high-quality, low-cost, after-school soccer opportunities for students.

Organization History

Balón USA developed out of a grassroots soccer program started by our Executive Director, Germán Zárate-Bohórquez, in 2009 at Foster Elementary in Arvada. He noticed many students playing soccer on the playground, but few were on real teams. Zárate-Bohórquez began with one team at the school and engaged other teams in non-competitive games around the metro Denver area. Over the years this community-based movement grew by engaging volunteers and other entities, until Balón USA was formed as a non-profit in 2019.

Balon USA served between 90-150 students in Jefferson County each year from 2018-2020. During our 2020-2021 season in Jefferson County, we partnered with Edgewater Collective to bring gift cards, library books, internet hotspots, tutoring, STEM and art activities during practices. In the summer of 2021, Balón USA served 80 students in Thornton, and Adams 12 Five Star Schools brought information about COVID vaccine sites, registered students for the upcoming school year and assisted families to fill out forms for free and reduced lunch. The City of Thornton was another important collaborator and used the soccer programming as a way to engage the community in other City events and resources.

Balón USA plans to serve 300 students from Title One Schools in Adams 12 Five Star Schools/City of Thornton and Edgewater, southeast Arvada and northeast Lakewood during the 2021-2022 school year. We will continue to use soccer as a platform to better connect communities to their schools, cities, and other resources.


"It was close and convenient. The level of challenge was a great intro to sports. It gave my daughter something to earn that she could be proud of."
"My son learned new skills and made new friends. He had fun and never felt pressure to perform a certain way. This is exactly the type of program we wanted and I am very grateful that we had the opportunity to be a part of it."
"Just an overall fantastic program. The help that was given to parents about how to support children on and off the field and encourage them at all times was very helpful."

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