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18 September 3:19 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.

14 September 3:29 pm

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07 September 8:58 am

In our continued efforts to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment, MLS W.O.R.K.S. has created "Soccer Kicks Cancer" - a League-wide initiative focused on providing strength and hope in the fight against cancers affecting men, women and children.

Find out what the MLS clubs are doing to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Houston Dynamo, Dynamo Charities launch 2012 Bald is Beautiful campaign

Dynamo players shave their heads for cancer research

Colorado's Mastroeni supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Stay tuned for more updates from our clubs and help us kick cancer!

05 September 1:47 pm

On the field, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has come to the aid of his teammates more than once when they’ve struggled to defend opposing attacks.

Off the field, Kennedy is doing the same, coming to the aid of cancer-stricken children as one of seven MLS players who work as ambassadors for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“It’s an honor,” Kennedy tells MLSsoccer.com. “I remember growing up and looking up to professional athletes. Sometimes I don’t see myself like that, but I realize that kids respond to us. So I go to hospitals and see how bad things can be, and I marvel at how happy these kids still are when they’re fighting like hell. To give them a little bit of a distraction and a little bit of inspiration is an honor.”

For their work with the Memphis-based St. Jude, the seven MLSers — Kennedy; Chicago’s Logan Pause; San Jose’s Mehdi Ballouchy, Shea Salinas and Jason Hernandez; and New York’s Kenny Cooper and Rafa Márquez — have been named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarians of the Month for September.

Article by Greg Lalas. Read more.

24 August 3:59 pm

Our MLS clubs have gone above and beyond in the community this week running successful fundraisers and events, like the Chicago Fire's White Party. Toronto FC front office and players spent 12 straight days in the community giving back through their TFC/TWELVE campaign while the Portland Timbers completed building a soccer field at a local high-school. The Dynamo launched the 2012 Bald is Beautiful campaign and the Revolution will partner with Taylor Twellman on a fundraiser while the Rapids continue to give back to their fans. These are just a few of the highlights from this week.  Check out all of the incredible stories from the community...

Toronto FC volunteers at Toronto Humane Society

Chicago's White Party raises $40,000 for Fire Foundation

Toronto FC players help Not Far From The Tree

Union ready for River Cup

Revs, Twellman team up for bartending fundraiser

Lucky day to be a Rapids fan at training

Rapids players make an impact on one aspiring youngster

Stand Together Parkrose High School Field Dedication

LA Galaxy's How Suite It Is! tickets on sale

Houston Dynamo, Dynamo Charities launch 2012 Bald is Beautiful campaign

Toronto FC and Team Up Foundation's KickStart Free Soccer Clinic

Philadelphia Union host blood drive with American Red Cross

Montreal Impact raise close to $20,000 for PROCURE

Toronto FC KickStart Your Community

Sporting KC Hosts Military Appreciation Night

San Jose Earthquakes XFINITY Clinic Series

Philadelphia Union River Cup Ramps Up

Red Bulls Support Reyna Run 2012

New York Red Bulls Visit Street Soccer USA tournament

Chicago Fire White Party Sold Out

Toronto FC Visit First Responders

Toronto FC Fighting for a Cure

Nixia SC visits Sporting Kansas City

Toronto FC and MLSE Team Up Foundation Massive Group Effort

Colorado Rapids: Fire Department defeat Police in Battle of the Badges

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