ABOUT The Swag
The SWAG is a philanthropically funded, free soccer training program targeting young athletes ages 4 through 8 from Philadelphia’s African-American and immigrant communities.
Launched in 2018, The SWAG player pool is comprised of over 2000 young athletes, who are offered soccer coaching and training year-round. Over 95% of the SWAG players are of African descent or from immigrant families.
The SWAG has been endorsed by the nationally-esteemed Philadelphia Union Academy program in Major League Soccer, which starts at U9 and runs through U17.
The SWAG’s focus is on providing Philadelphia’s young athletes with accelerated technical development and professional coaching in a fun setting at no cost.
The SWAG’s coaching pool is comprised of former professional and collegiate soccer players who work with the top youth soccer programs in the region, including the Philadelphia Union Junior Academy and the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program (ODP).
SWAG Select player pool
The SWAG's coaches run player ID days, camps and clinics year-round and invite roughly 150 players into the SWAG Select pool for additional training at multiple satellite locations in the Philadelphia area, also 100% free for players.
The SWAG Select program supplements training offered by the other soccer programs in which the players may be involved. Numerous SWAG Select players have gone on to be selected for the Philadelphia Union’s Junior Academy program.
The SWAG Select is an invite-only program and training slots are awarded on a rolling basis through The SWAG’s scouting efforts.
The SWAG is supported philanthropically by the Silverback Educational Foundation For The Arts, Dance & Athletics, a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting the arts, dance and athletics, providing opportunities both for underprivileged youth and individuals seeking to perform or compete at the collegiate, world class or professional level.
Silverback is a private foundation exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN: 46-4902114). When you make a donation to support The SWAG, 100% of donation proceeds are used to support SWAG programming, which is free of charge for the children who participate. Donate here.