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18 October 11:13 am

Houston Dynamo forward Macoumba "Mac" Kandji, 27, is excited to be part of Nothing But Nets night at this Saturday's Major League Soccer game between the Dynamo and the Philadelphia Union. The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign has joined forces with athletes from the very beginning, partnering with MLS W.O.R.K.S. to reach new audiences in the fight against malaria.

Born in Senegal and raised in Gambia, Mac understands better than most the effect malaria can have on families: Mac was hospitalized with the disease when he was fourteen.

"In my case I was very lucky," he said. "I thought I was going to die."

Story by Susannah Rosenblatt. Read the full story here.

You can join the fight against, too. It just takes $10 to send a net and save a life. Visit NothingButNets.net to learn more and www.HoustonDynamo.com/nbn to see Mac in action!

16 October 10:05 am

Major League Soccer is proud to support the FARE Network Action Weeks, which unites supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by other forms of discrimination across the continent in a concerted effort to make discrimination a thing of the past.

From October 16-31, FARE Network will host 500 activities in 40 countries, which will take place across all levels of the game from grassroots and fan initiatives to major professional leagues and FA's. The idea behind the Action Weeks is that a wide range of initiatives and activities that address local problems within their club or community and join groups across the continent to present a unified stand against discrimination in the game. All 32 teams of the UEFA Champions League participate in the campaign, reaching more than 600,000 fans directly at the matches and millions more via live broadcasts through television. The number of participating professional leagues has increased to 14. Follow FARE on Twitter (@farenet) and use the hashtag #footballpeople to tweet about Action Weeks.

Major League Soccer is committed to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate discrimination, bias, prejudice or harassment of any kind.

Join Major League Soccer and Take the Pledge...DON'T CROSS THE LINE!

Learn more about FARE Network

Learn more about FARE Action Weeks

FARE Action Weeks 2012: List of activities

FARE Action Weeks Resources

15 October 10:14 am

As part of Soccer Kicks Cancer, Major League Soccer and clubs throughout the League have been doing their part to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment during the month of October.

Today kicks off the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Breast Cancer Awareness online auction and your chance to bid on commemorative memorabilia from some of your favorite MLS players and teams. Some of the items featured are:

 Sporting Kansas City 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness jersey signed by Graham Zusi

 Various team signed photos from clubs wearing limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts (limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts also available for bids as part of the auction)

 Game-used pink soccer balls from teams

Partial proceeds from the online auction will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Interested in making a donation? Click HERE to donate in the U.S. and HERE to donate in Canada.

Don't forget to purchase your limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness adidas products including scarves, sweat bands, hats, t-shirts and replica balls at select retailers throughout North America, including MLS stadium shops and MLSGear.com. When you shop on MLSGear.com, you can donate $1 in support of MLS W.O.R.K.S. Soccer Kicks Cancer.

BID NOW!

12 October 3:00 pm

Clubs continue to focus efforts on supporting Breast Cancer Awarenes Month in October by wearing MLS W.O.R.K.S. Breast Cancer Awareness jersey patches, t-shirts and using pink soccer balls during the match. A selection of these items from each team will be available on the MLS W.O.R.K.S. online auction with proceeds benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Don't miss your chance to bid on these commemorative Breast Cancer Awareness items beginning Monday, October 15 at 10 a.m. E.T.

Check out some other community stories from this week:

Video: Stand Together Week Day 4

Stand Together Week Journal Day 4

D.C. United Race for a Cause

D.C. United: Team Unites for D.C.

FC Dallas supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Houston Dynamo Futbol Fiesta

LA Galaxy clinic series

A cancer survivor, Galaxy assistant coach has focused life on developing young players

Union Breast Cancer Awareness Game a Night to Remember

Video: Stand Together Week Day 3

Stand Together Week Journal Day 3

Crew in the Community October 13-19

Crew Stadium hosts City League Championships

Seattle Sounders United We Serve: Mission Gospel

Video: Stand Together Week Day 2

Stand Together Week Journal Day 2

Military service member on leave enjoys Cascadia rivalry

United Drives to collect personal hygiene items

Colorado Rapids: Mastroeni and Corrigan turn dream into a reality

Colorado Rapids: Pine Ridge shows how music and athletes can make a difference

Stand Together Week Journal Day 1

Video: Stand Together Week Day 1

The Crew Soccer Foundation launches the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund

October has extra meaning for Rapids' Cooke as sister battles cancer

Frankie Hejduk visits Mt. Vernon Middle School with the "Crew Takes Over Your School" Program

Street Soccer flourishing in Vancouver neighborhoods

Crew hosts the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's Dare to Play Soccer Program

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

05 October 2:16 pm

We can't believe it's already October, but were excited to have launched the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Soccer Kicks Cancer Breast Cancer Awareness initiative this month. Clubs have had an impressive start to the month both on and off the field. The sheer number of community events and initiatives conducted this week alone are worth a standing ovation. Check it out:

Columbus Crew Community News and Notes

Crew host Mascot Soccer 2012

Red Bulls Believe Program

Stand Together Week City Hall Proclamation

Crew Team Awards and Casino Night

San Jose Earthquakes bartending event to benefit Earthquakes Community Fund

City of Portland Proclaims October 8-14 Stand Together Week

D.C. United: The Black and Red Go Pink

Stand Together: September Snapshot

San Jose Earthquakes team up with Light the Night

Dynamo's Bobby Boswell visits patients at Methodist Cancer Center

Major League Soccer and Portland Timbers partner to present Socio MLS

Chicago Fire Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Rapids go pink at Soccer Kicks Cancer match on Saturday

Global Down Syndrome Campers to take part in Colorado San Jose match

Crew Boot Breast Cancer

Crew pay tribute to Kirk Urso with dedication in Founder's Park

United for DC Race for a Cause

Dynamo Charities launch Ching Champions

Portland's Kimura and Hoban mentors kids at Friends of the Children event

Seattle's Carrasco named Humanitarian of the Month for October

Whitecaps FC go pink for Wednesday's match

Chivas USA kick-off Career Panel Series

FC Dallas Foundation Fundraiser

Houston Dynamo host Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Centraide Cup Charity Soccer Tournament Raises $250,000

Saputo big winner at first ever Centraide Cup

Revs team with Armani for Breast Cancer Awareness

Stand Together: David Horst invites you to Stand Together Week

San Jose Earthquakes host Be the Match for Jeremy

Sporting Kansas City goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Chicago Fire Foundation Events

Video: Montreal Impact revamps Parc Theodore

Dreams for Kids & D.C. United Soccer Clinic

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.

01 October 1:24 pm

As we head into October, and the MLS Cup 2012 playoff race begins, MLS W.O.R.K.S. will partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment.

How can you support the cause?

Visit your favorite team store or MLSGear.com or MLSGearCanada.ca to purchase limited edition "pink" merchandise and support the efforts of your local MLS club.

Stay tuned to find out how MLS clubs around the League will be supporting the cause and make sure to check back on October 15 for the launch of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Breast Cancer Awareness online auction and your chance to bid on autographed memorabilia from some of your favorite MLS players.

Click here to learn more about Soccer Kicks Cancer and the 2012 Breast Cancer Awarenes Campaign.

Click on the logos below to learn more about MLS W.O.R.K.S. national partners for Breast Cancer Awareness:

  

Sporting Kansas City celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness during their game on Friday. Read the match recap here.

MLS Insider Blog Post

18 September 4:19 pm

Major League Soccer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Team Up For Same Goal: Helping Kids Fight Cancer

Goals for St. Jude ambassadors Rafa Marquez, Kenny Cooper, Logan Pause, Shea Salinas, Jason Hernandez, Mehdi Ballouchy and Dan Kennedy to help raise funds and support for St. Jude

MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®  are celebrating Goals for St. Jude Week Sept. 15-22. The week-long program asks fans to join forces with their favorite MLS teams to support the lifesaving work of the hospital. St. Jude is one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

This year Rafa Marquez and Kenny Cooper (New York Red Bulls) joins Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Shea Salinas, Jason Hernandez and Mehdi Ballouchy (San Jose Earthquakes) and Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA) on the Goals for St. Jude ambassador roster. These talented players will work together to raise awareness and funds to help St. Jude continue its mission of finding cures and saving children.

“I think it is important for myself and others to support St. Jude because they are fighting for an incredible cause,” said Cooper. “I feel lucky that I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the lifesaving work that St. Jude is doing.”

Throughout Goals for St. Jude Week and the month of September, PSAs about St. Jude will run in-stadium and on broadcasts featuring Marquez, Cooper, Pause, Salinas and Kennedy. Goals for St. Jude Week also coincides with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“St. Jude helps its patients celebrate everyday moments – both big and small – that make life so special,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “What’s more, because of the generosity of our donors and the support of great partners like Major League Soccer, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.”

Prior to Goals for St. Jude Week, each ambassador traveled to Memphis to tour the hospital and met with patients and doctors. All of the players were able to bring smiles to the faces of the patients, but Ambassador Logan Pause felt the patients had a bigger impact on him than vice-versa.

“ I think it is wonderful to see smiles on the faces of the patients,” said Fire midfielder Logan Pause. “To have a chance to sit and talk to them and get to know them was an extremely memorable and humbling experience for me.”

Fans can join MLS and St. Jude by participating in Goals for St. Jude Week. For an inside look at exclusive videos and photos of Goals for St. Jude ambassadors or to make a donation online, visit stjude.org/goals.

 

Check out videos from the ambassadors on the MLS W.O.R.K.S. video channel.

Learn more about Goals for St. Jude.

Go to the New York Red Bulls Goals for St. Jude Night.