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05 September 2:47 de la tarde

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 4:59 de la tarde

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.

10 August 4:08 de la tarde

With the Olympics in full swing, the MLS clubs deserve a gold medal for their work in the community. Take a look at this week’s club highlights:
 
KL Cares and Kicks Extreme Summer Soccer Event only a couple days away
 
Davis honored to earn humanitarian award
 
Brad Davis named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month
 
L.A. Galaxy Players to go Back-to-School Shopping at Macy’s Culver City
 

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

27 July 4:19 de la tarde

MLS clubs continue to make a difference in their communities this week. The Colorado Rapids honored victims of the Aurora tragedy and continue to raise funds for Help Colorado Now while the Timbers partnered with Aston Villa to visit with the Children's Cancer Association. The Philadelphia Union have been busy hosting the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game and partnered with MLS W.O.R.K.S. on a community service project in Chester and D.C. United raised $40,000 at the United Celebrity Golf Tournament. Sporting Kansas City players showed their love for animals by supporting the Great Plains SPCA and the New York Red Bulls raised awareness for Street Soccer USA.  It's all here in this week's club highlights:

Colorado Rapids jersey auction to support HelpColoradoNow.org underway

New York Red Bulls raising awareness of the Street Soccer USA National Cup

Friendly Partnership: Portland Timbers and Aston Villa players visit with Children's Cancer Association kids

Stand Together: Timbers and Aston Villa with Children's Cancer Association

Sporting Kansas City players, pets and posters

Rapids, Swansea, fans honor victims of Aurora tragedy

Philadelphia Union Foundation and partners construct playground

Special Rapids t-shirt on sale to benefit Center for Crime Victims

United Celebrity Golf Tournament raises more than $40,000

Colorado Military Appreciation Night

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

25 July 7:28 de la tarde

 

MLS W.O.R.K.S. joined the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Union Foundation, AT&T, Chester Upland School District and organizers from KaBOOM! to construct a new playground and small-sided field on Tuesday at Science and Discovery High School as part of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game festivities.

MLS All-Stars Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Jimmy Nielsen and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Osvaldo Alonso and Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC) and Philadelphia Union players Chase Harrison and Krystian Witkowski and MLS and Philadelphia Union executives were on hand to take part in youth activities, to aid in the construction of the playground and to officially unveil the AT&T Community Field. The players were joined by local volunteers in constructing the playground, while Philadelphia Union Academy coaches led drills and small-sided games for children as part of the AT&T Youth Clinic. Former MLS All-Star Alexi Lalas was on hand to participate. The new facilities were officially opened with a net-cutting ceremony by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz and members of Chester Upland School District.

Tuesday's community service project was part of Major League Soccer's effort to create sustainable projects that leave a lasting legacy.

To view video from the event, click here.

Check out some photos on Flickr.

In addition to the event on Tuesday, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the Philadelphia Union sponsored a Starlight Fun Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Children undergoing treatment at Crozer-Chester Medical Center will be smiling brighter thanks to the multi-media Fun Center. Designed to combat anxiety and loneliness faced by hospitalized children, The Fun Center was unveiled today along with Philadelphia Union players Michael Lahoud and Amobi Okugo. Lahoud and Okugo visited with patients, participated in arts and crafts and cut the ribbon during the official dedication ceremony.

Check out some photos on Flickr.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP Grand Prize winner was announced at last night’s 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Congratulations to Andrew Pocklington representing the Philadelphia Union! Andrew won $10,000 for the Animal Care and Control Center of Philadelphia.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Briley, winner of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Continental Tire Greener Goals contest. Jeffrey and his daughter, Maya, took to the field at the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game where they were recognized for their efforts to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

To view more photos from the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, click here.

 

 

20 July 4:23 de la tarde

MLS clubs lend a helping hand to support various non-profits, conduct soccer clinics, host fundraisers and visit children in the hospital. See the full stories here:

Sporting KC presents the Chipotle Challenge

Earthquakes' Lucile Packard Hospital Visit

Crew Soccer Foundation Golf Classic

Red Bulls Lend a Helping Hand at Camp Shriver Special Olympics

FC Dallas Heart Walk

LA Galaxy to hold soccer equipment drive Saturday

Rapids to wear black armbands in honor of Marisa Colaiano

Impact Academy helps fight Cystic Fibrosis

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

 

 

19 July 4:14 de la tarde

     

 

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Gives Back to the Chester Community

MLS Players and Executives to Leave a Lasting Impact on Behalf of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game

MLS W.O.R.K.S. is committed to increasing the accessibility of soccer, creating sustainable projects that leave a lasting legacy and supporting local youth programs that will encourage children to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

On July 24, Major League Soccer will join the Philadelphia Union, AT&T, Chester Upland School District and organizers from KaBOOM! to construct a new playground and small-sided field at Science and Discovery High School.  The AT&T Community Field and new playground will provide more than 500 children in the Chester community with a safe place to play, and will increase awareness and provide additional opportunities for local youth to play soccer.

Over 200 volunteers will help construct the playground while Philadelphia Union Academy coaches lead drills and small-sided games for approximately 100 local children as part of the AT&T Youth Clinic. MLS All-Stars and Philadelphia Union players will join the day's festivities, taking part in youth activities, the construction of the playground and the ribbon-cutting ceremony with MLS and Philadelphia Union executives and members of the Chester Upland School District.  Former MLS All-Star Alexi Lalas will also volunteer his time to participate in youth activities.

The day of service - a partnership between MLS W.O.R.K.S., the Philadelphia Union Foundation and AT&T - is part of the League's community service program, Unite. Volunteer. Serve., a collaborative effort to combine sport and service, promote good will and improve lives and communities at the grassroots level.

On Wednesday, July 25, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the Philadelphia Union will team up with Starlight Children's Foundation for a hospital visit and placement of a Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa. Part of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Soccer Kicks Cancer program, the visit will provide an opportunity for seriously ill children and their families to enjoy a unique experience and a renewed sense of strength and hope. Union players will visit with patients, play games and participate in other activities prior to the dedication ceremony. In addition to the Fun Center, MLS will also provide tickets to the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game to Starlight families. The 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, featuring the MLS All-Stars against Chelsea FC, will be played on Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

During halftime of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS W.O.R.K.S. will announce the 2012 Community MVP Grand Prize winner. Fans across the League had the opportunity to nominate individuals who are committed to improving their communities. Nineteen winners were selected, representing each MLS market, and competed in a two-week online contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice and a trip to the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park, which includes roundtrip airfare, two nights' accommodation, an award from Tiffany & Co. and official MLS merchandise as part of the prize package. Click here to view the final list of 2012 Community MVPs.

In addition, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Continental Tire will recognize the winner of the "How Green Are Your Goals?" contest, created to engage MLS fans in environmentally friendly efforts leading up to Earth Day. Fans were encouraged to visit the Greener Goals website and share stories of how they incorporate green efforts into their everyday lives. Portland, the MLS market with the greenest MLS fans, has won a Solar 4R Schools Renewable School package valued at $50,000 for a deserving school in their city for Earth Day 2013. The prize includes a solar panel installation and a renewable energy education package for teachers. As the Grand Prize winner, Timbers' fan Jeffrey Briley won a trip to the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game and a set of tires, courtesy of Continental Tire.

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