CAMDEN The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, slated to open in October, received an $8,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help fund soccer programming at the center's field on Harrison Avenue in Cramer Hill.

Camden's Kroc Center, one of 26 in the nation, is a 120,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction. The center will include a black box theater, pool, commercial kitchen, youth and senior centers, chapel, field house, fitness center, food pantry and early childhood education center.

It also will have two baseball fields and a soccer field.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded 37 grants totaling more than $1.8 million to nonprofit organizations with an aim to promote soccer and provide soccer programs to under-resourced communities.

"We are thankful for this generous grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation," said Maj. Paul Cain, Kroc Center administrator. "This contribution will support local soccer efforts in Camden and touch the lives of thousands each year."

The Kroc center is funded by the estate of Joan Kroc, who donated $1.6 billion to the Salvation Army. Camden was chosen as one of 26 locations in 2006.

- Julia Terruso