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06 March 6:29 pm

Major League Soccer is joining Special Olympics in its efforts around the global Spread the Word to End the Word® awareness day. Today, people around the world will unite their communities to Spread the Word to End the Word, as supporters participate in the fifth annual 'Spread the Word to End the Word' awareness day, aimed at ending the hurtful use of the R-word ("retard(ed)") negatively impacting people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD).

Special Olympics and Major League Soccer encourage people all over the word to pledge to use respectful language at the website www.R-word.org and build communities of respect and inclusion for all people.

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide.

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!

 

 

04 March 3:10 pm

Employees from Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing took to cycling this weekend for Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling event that raises funds for rare cancer research. Employees participated in four cycling shifts which each lasted for one hour. Team MLS raised more than $40,000 and the event total was more than $13.5M.

In 5 days, 10 cities participated in 27 rides on 2,750 bikes engaging more than 13,000 participants.

One hundred percent of the funds raised from the event go directly to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and are allocated within six months of each event. The donations help fund the most promising research and clinical trials and have led to better treatments for cancer patients worldwide.

Since its inception in 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised over $31 million dollars for rare cancer research and funded 53 clinical trials and research studies. Cycle's direct funding has drastically reduced the time it takes for treatments to reach patients - in some cases cutting the span from years to months.

Learn more about Cycle for Survival.

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01 March 5:42 pm

The 2013 MLS season kicks off tomorrow and we are excited to see teams get back on the field. Off the field, clubs have continued to support various causes leading up to Opening Weekend. The Columbus Crew hosted the inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match, which raised nearly $30,000 for heart health research. MLS clubs showed their support on Twitter, donated funds and helped raise awareness for the match. Other club community highlights below:

Inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match raises nearly $30,000 for heart health research

Revs & KSG to host sports-themed career fair

In the Community- Feb. 28 Houston Dynamo

'Caps support Pink Shirt Day

Some history and soccer during Spring Break

Cindy Parlow Cone talks to Girls, Inc. about her Power of the Purse involvement

Green & Gold: Timbers to unveil new jersey at Last Thursday art event

'Harlem Shake' Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Salinas presents check to Coliseum College Prep

Whitecaps FC serve fans at local Tim Hortons

"Cheers to the Rapids" set for March 6 at the Paramount Theater

Crew takes to Twitter surrounding memorial match to honor Urso

Black & Gold, Tar Heels honor fallen teammate

Sounders Kickoff Luncheon an exciting affair for all involved

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news section.

22 February 6:33 pm

In true Friday fashion - we take a look at this week's community stories from around the League. You can tell the season is fast-approaching as teams begin to host their annual kick-off luncheons and other community events to get fans excited about Opening Weekend - we sure are.  Here are this week's highlights:

Philadelphia Union Foundation Cocktails and Cleats event sold out

Timbers players and fans get together for third annual Kick-off Luncheon

Crew, UNC looking forward to honoring Urso on Sunday

Whitecaps visit BC Children's Hospital

Seattle Sounders 4th Annual Sounders FC Kickoff Luncheon

Former Timbers intern goes back to old job: MLB pitcher

Columbus - Orlando: Day Thirteen

Muchas Gracias De Todo Corazon

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news section.

08 February 3:26 pm

This week's club highlights featured here:

Lampson to sport custom-made gloves for lymphoma awareness in 2013

Soccer advocate and humanitarian, Steve Kelley retires

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS WORKS news section.

18 January 3:36 pm

Congratulations to the Portland Timbers for being the recipient of the Marisa Colaiano Community Relations Department of the Year presented by MLS W.O.R.K.S. The Community Relations Department of the Year award was renamed in 2012 in honor of Marisa Colaiano, Colorado Rapids Community Relations Director, who exemplified what it means to give back through passion, dedication and selflessness to make a lasting impact in the community.

Check out this week's club highlights:

Sporting Kansas City teams up with Make-A-Wish

Portland Timbers Dribble Oregon

Loyd, Warshaw featured in Dallas Morning News column

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

16 January 2:51 pm

Excitement around the 2013 MLS SuperDraft is building in Indianapolis and MLS W.O.R.K.S. took a few of the draftees to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health today. Walker Zimmerman, Andrew Farrell and Eriq Zavaleta visited with patients and families at the hospital and signed MLS W.O.R.K.S. t-shirts and posed for photos. The visit was a great opportunity for these future MLS players to give back to the Indianapolis community prior to the MLS SuperDraft tomorrow.

Don't miss your chance to watch the SuperDraft live tomorrow on MLSsoccer.com, ESPN3, ESPNFC and YouTube to find out which MLS club these draftees will end up playing for.

 

For more information about MLS W.O.R.K.S. visit our website.