Succeeding on and off the field through the sport of soccer

Mission: Beyond Soccer is a sports-based, youth development organization serving the City of Lawrence. Soccer is the means by which we engage Lawrence youth, ages 4-18, and expose them to new experiences, both on and off the field, that build confidence and create opportunities for leadership, healthy living and academic achievement.

  • Our core program is Lawrence Youth Travel Soccer. Soccer is the “vehicle” we use to connect, mentor and inspire kids, on and off the field

  • We prioritize fitness and healthy eating in an effort to reduce the City’s high obesity rates. Our teaching kitchen is connecting more kids and parents to nutrition education and cooking courses

  • We require all travel players to share their report cards. If we see that a player is struggling in school, we do not withhold play, but rather, seek out mentors and academic resources to help

  • Today, our oldest students-athletes serve as role models in their schools and community. We also give them the chance to earn coaching stipends and attend leadership conferences outside the City for inspiration

  • Do you know that only 15% of LHS students play a sport? We are working hard to change that trend, especially through our new, collaborative Lawrence Sports Leadership Academy in partnership with Lawrence High School & EAP

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Learn what motivates 6-year Beyond Soccer Director of Soccer and Lawrence High School graduate, Edgar Escalante


June 2016 Press Release:
Beyond Soccer was 1 of only 40 organizations selected from across the country for a Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW grant!!!!

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29252869293_49003bce33_zIt’s important to grow our relationship with Lawrence High. Beyond Soccer staff, Edgar & Johnny, have stepped up and are coaching the boys this fall.

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