Project GOAL Receives $30,000 Grant from the Walmart FoundationGrant to support non-profit’s GOALs of keeping kids in school

(Providence, RI) – January 13, 2014 – Project GOAL, Inc. recently received a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant was awarded as part of the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.  (Attached Photo Caption Info At Bottom Of Release)

The grant funds will be used to help pay for the basic needs of Project GOAL’s program, which uses the power of sport, specifically soccer, to help kids keep focused and disciplined to stay in school, stay out of trouble, graduate high school, and go onto higher education.  It is an academic and life skills program disguised as a soccer program.  According to Project GOAL, the funds will be used for bus transportation, teacher and coach salaries, snacks, school supplies, monitoring and evaluation tools, and promotional materials.

"We are very excited to have been selected by a large foundation like the Walmart Foundation for a grant award,” said Darius Shirzadi, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Project GOAL. “Funds like this allow us to continue serving many needy children within Rhode Island's inner cities.  This recognition helps confirm that we are positively impacting young lives and hope it will serve notice to other corporations of our good work. We thank the Foundation and its grants committee for selecting Project GOAL for this award." 

“We are proud to be able to support Project GOAL”, said Chris Buchanan, Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. “Education is extremely important, and programs like this one are vital to providing resources to students who are struggling and need the support of their extended community.”

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at 


About Project GOAL, Inc

Since 2004, Project GOAL has transformed the lives of more than 600 at-risk students of Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence through after-school instruction, mentoring and other academic support. Nearly all Project GOAL students – 66 percent of which live at or just above the poverty level – have graduated high school and approximately 90 percent have enrolled in colleges and universities. The free program provides instruction from certified teachers and coaches, school supplies, transportation to and from school, soccer uniforms and equipment, and food and beverages. Learn more at

Edward Grduation photo

Project GOAL President and Co-Founder Peter A. Whealton (left) celebrates with Edward Gonzalez (center), of Central Falls, at his graduation from Providence Country Day, along with Co-Founder Darius Shirzadi.

Project GOAL in the classroom

Project GOAL instructor Javier Gallego (center) assists Calcutt Middle School students Kevin Moreira. (left) and Junior Varela. with math homework. Also pictured (background) is Evanilson Gomes., another classmate from Calcutt in Central Falls.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit