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22 April 10:28 am

MLS WORKS and the Portland Timbers today will unveil a solar panel installation and environmental beautification to Hosford Middle School in Southeast Portland as part of the MLS WORKS/Continental Tire “How Green Are Your Goals?” contest.

Representatives from Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers, Portland Public Schools and Continental Tire will unveil the many sustainable additions provided by MLS WORKS and Continental Tire during a special Earth Day event at Hosford Middle School today.

The “How Green Are Your Goals?” contest engaged MLS fans to participate and support environmentally friendly efforts leading up to Earth Day 2012. Portland was the MLS city selected as having the greenest fans with its many submissions detailing the city’s everyday approach to incorporating green efforts. Reflecting this, the Hosford Middle School Environmental Beautification project included a holistic approach, with touch points and significant improvements in the following areas: energy/solar, storm water/garden and sustainable mural, transportation, recycling and CO2 reduction.

In addition to the award from MLS WORKS and Continental Tire, more than $10,000 in added donations from the Portland community and Portland-area businesses helped in making the following projects possible at Hosford:

  • BEF solar panel installation and subsequent Solar4Schools learning materials
  • Student-designed, green-themed mural
  • Custom bike racks, including an art bike rack created by Oregon-based designer Matt Cartwright
  • Helmet and bike lock giveaways to Hosford students and faculty who ride a bike to work
  • Reusable water bottles for every student at Hosford
  • New Elkay drinking fountain, which will reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used at the school and track the number of plastic bottles saved from landfills
  • Tree-planting and beautification of the entrance to the school
  • Permanent directional signage to display the environmental benefits of the project to the Portland community
  • Creation of communal gathering places on the school campus

Follow @MLSWORKS and #GreenerGoals today for all the details on the Hosford Middle School Environmental Beautification.

MLS WORKS Greener Goals identifies ways to reduce our carbon footprint and helps raise awareness for environmental issues throughout the soccer community. The greening of our game will encourage MLS clubs, players, corporate partners and fans to create a cleaner, healthier environment.

MLS is a proud member of the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 170 professional and collegiate sports teams and venues from across 15 different sports leagues.  MLS club members include the Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes, and AEG teams the Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy. 

Learn more about the Green Sports Alliance and the green sports movement by visiting www.greensportsalliance.org and following @SportsAlliance and #GreenSports on Twitter.

19 April 12:25 pm
05 April 1:15 pm

April is here and clubs are preparing for the second month of the season by becoming involved in different initiatives in their communities. On Tuesday, Calen Carr from the Houston Dynamo was named the MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Month. Calen and others raised $5,000 to jump-start the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program at Rusk Elementary School. Find this full story and other MLS club community stories in our weekly highlights:

Crew and Union wear unique shoelaces in support of Autism Awareness Month

The Impact Soccer Schools summer camp schedule released

Fashion Show

Evans and Levesque take Seattle by storm in their kilts

Fire to Host Third Annual Art of Futbol

8th Annual Tommy Bahama Island Cowboy Classic

Spring What to Wear Fashion Show

Brad Davis, Tally Hall launch charitable initiative

MLS WORKS names Calen Carr Humanitarian of the Month

Columbus Crew Glow Run 5k

Daily Doop: On the hunt at the White House, Kleberson unveiling and Mitts on the radio

Brent Richards and Sal Zizzo team up with Timbers Army and fans to work with Friends of Trees

Daffodil Pinning Day

PPL Park pair make up first Delco Success story

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

29 March 1:28 pm

As the first month of the season wraps up, clubs have already spent countless hours in the community. On Tuesday, President Obama honored the 2012 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy at the White House. After the ceremony, the Galaxy players participated in a Let’s Move! Q&A session with youth sports participants from around the country. Find this story and other MLS club community highlights here:

Chicago Fire Foundation Launches P.L.A.Y.S. Program

Soccer community forms one Union for the life of supporter Mike McKinney

Dine with Dynamo

Earthquakes to host Second Annual 5K/10K Challenge

Sporting KC forward Bobby Convey named Big Brothers Big Sisters spokesperson

Beating Seattle Never Gets Old: A Benefit for Bless Field

Quakes to host Fourth Annual Corporate Cup

Sporting KC Wears Blue for Child Abuse Prevention

President Obama honors LA Galaxy and LA Kings

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the Red Bulls Street Team for the Arts

Successful weekend at Whitecaps FC Girls Showcase

Chris Seitz posts a shutout in first game since bone-marrow donation

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

15 March 4:42 pm

This weekend is MLS Rivalry Weekend where some of the League's biggest rivalries will take the field in head to head matchups. Prior to Rivalry Weekend, MLS WORKS launched the 2013 Don't Cross the Line campaign. Don't Cross the Line promotes unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance throughout the soccer community. More than ten MLS players were featured in the PSA showing their support for the message behind the campaign.

Here are other MLS club community highlights:

Revs to take part in Fashion Show

Irish Night at PPL Park

Brad Davis is taking a stand against discrimination . . . will you?

Daily Loop: Prepping for the Revs, Great "Cocktails," a Leprechaun and more

United Soccer Club kicks off spring campaign

LA Galaxy unveil new sport court at Boys and Girls Club of Carson

Black & Gold unveil Crew-themed fitness room at Ronald McDonald House

Soccer Spring Break

Vancouver Whitecaps FC to participate in Sports Day for children with Autism

Photo and video diary of the LA Galaxy's trip to Costa Rica

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

15 March 9:14 am

MLS WORKS LAUNCHES 2013 ‘DON’T CROSS THE LINE’ CAMPAIGN

MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, today unveiled a new public service announcement as part of the League’s ongoing anti-discrimination campaign, ‘Don’t Cross The Line.’ Elements of the campaign, which promotes unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance, will be revealed throughout the 2013 MLS season. Major League Soccer is committed to providing an environment in which clubs, coaches, players, fans and partners are treated with dignity and respect.

Major League Soccer is asking fans to "Take a Stand for Soccer" and Take the Pledge to not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

MLS players featured in the new public service announcement include Real Salt Lake MF Kyle Beckerman, Houston Dynamo MF Brad Davis, Vancouver Whitecaps FC D Jay DeMerit, D.C. United MF Dwayne De Rosario, New York Red Bulls F Thierry Henry, Seattle Sounders FC F Eddie Johnson, LA Galaxy F Robbie Keane, Chivas USA GK Dan Kennedy, San Jose Earthquakes F Chris Wondolowski and Sporting Kansas City MF Graham Zusi.

To learn more about MLS WORKS, click here.

 

 

 

06 March 5:29 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!