Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower young people to stop the spread of HIV. Founded by four professional soccer players, Grassroot Soccer is mobilizing the most vulnerable population of youth, ages 12-19, to break the cycle of AIDS by engaging local coaches who equip young people with the knowledge, skills and support they need to avoid HIV. GRS operates its own flagship sites in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and has worked with over 40 implementing partners to deliver GRS curricula in 20 additional countries. To date 700,000 young people have been empowered with HIV education and life skills through Grassroot Soccer programs, over 73,000 people have been given free access to HIV testing, and 10,300 young adults have been trained as GRS Caring Coaches, equipped with job and life skills.
Grassroot Soccer has achieved a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 4 consecutive years.