MLS WORKS Blog

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.

14 September 4:29 pm

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07 September 9:58 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 2:47 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.