The main assistance project for the University Children's Hospital in Košice was the donation of a whole-body ultra-sound machine with accessories, 45 PC sets and three printers, all intended for speeding up and improving the quality of diagnostics for children.
The USSK Foundation purchased the equipment having contributed the sum of 36 790.51 EUR and combined this with the proceeds of voluntary fundraising among USSK employees (36 791.24 EUR) also matched by a contribution from the company U. S. Steel Košice (36 791.24 EUR). USSK subsidiary OBAL - SERVIS, a.s. also supported this good cause with the sum of 1 505 EUR. The gift with a total value of 111 877.99 EUR was presented at the beginning of 2015 for the early benefit of the hospital doctors and their little patients.
This is intended for supporting the higher education studies of talented children of U. S. Steel employees as well as talented students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds studying at technical colleges and universities. The program promotes students who, in addition to their studies, are engaged in various social support activities, and at the same time this motivates high school students to achieve better study results, since their inclusion in the program also depends on their achievements.
In this area the Foundation mainly works with the grant program named Your chance to play.
The program focuses on supporting children whose families do not have sufficient funds to finance their sports activities. In the school year 2014/2015 we also gave more opportunities to young talented sporting people from among the children of employees of U. S. Steel Košice and its subsidiaries, namely in the selected team sports of ice-hockey, basketball and soccer, and other sports on an individual basis.
The projects supported by the Foundation also traditionally include the International Indoor Football Tournament for Deaf Children Under 17 years in Prešov, which is the only one in the world devoted to this category of disabled footballers at a national level.