MLS WORKS Community Service Projects
MLSW, LA Galaxy Foundation and AEG MLS Cup 2012 Service Project
MLS WORKS, the LA Galaxy Foundation and AEG partnered on a multifaceted improvement project for the Boys & Girls Club of Carson on behalf of MLS Cup 2012. AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena, LA Galaxy VP Chris Klein and Galaxy captain Landon Donovan were on hand at the Boys & Girls Club of Carson to celebrate the start of a new partnership with the LA Galaxy and AEG - which includes a year-long sports program, a new LA Galaxy branded Sport Court and a donation of sports equipment - as well as to unveil a newly upgraded Learning Center. The Learning Center featured a mural by Code 4, new carpet, chairs, tables and bookshelves as well as new books, Panasonic TV and an Xbox 360 console, which was generousl donated by Xbox.
Other LA Galaxy players in attendance were Edson Buddle, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin and Mike Magee who mingled with kids at the event and hosted a socer clinic for the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Carson.
MLSW and Philadelphia Union 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Service Project
MLS WORKS 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.
MLSW/Continental Tire Greener Goals Service Project
MLS WORKS and MLS corporate partner Continental Tire announced their commitment to educate the next generation of energy users during MLS Cup 2011 by participating in BEF’s Solar 4R Schools program. A solar panel was installed at KIPP Los Angeles Preparatory as part of a Greener Goals Week beautification project that included players from the MLS Cup 2011 champion LA Galaxy. Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s Solar 4R Schools installation aims to educate students, teachers and community members about the science and benefits of renewable energy technology. As part of the Galaxy’s support, defenders A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin, Bryan Jordan and midfielder Kyle Nakazawa helped students build solar cars, participate in a solar derby race, planted fruits, vegetables and herbs in the school garden and took part in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school. PHOTOS>
MLSW and FC Dallas Foundation Open Reading Rooms in West Dallas
As part of First Kick 2012 presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, the FC Dallas Foundation and MLS WORKS teamed up with West Dallas Community Centers to beautify two reading rooms at the McMillan Center. The project was a combined effort to create sustainable projects, increase the accessibility of soccer and support local youth health and wellness programs.
The project took place on March 6, leading up to the club's home opener at FC Dallas Stadium, and served as an opportunity to give back, while helping to raise awareness for the Hernandez All-Stars & FC Dallas Field project. Home to over 25,000 residents in the predominantly Hispanic West Dallas neighborhood, the field will be located at the Bataan Center and available for use by all members of both West Dallas Community Centers.
The official opening of the reading rooms included a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling featuring FC Dallas players Kevin Hartman, Daniel Hernandez, Jonathan Top and Matt Hedges, FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn and members of the community. Players read books donated by the National Education Association (NEA) on behalf of Read Across America Day (March 2), to elementary age children and signed autographs to help kick-off the 2012 MLS season. PHOTOS
WATCH: MLS WORKS and FC Dallas open reading rooms
MLS ML MLSDuring the 2011 season, MLS WORKS and Clubs throughout the League worked together to create sustainable projects in MLS markets.
MLS Cup 2011 Recap
As Part of the MLS Cup 2011 festivities, MLS WORKS conducted several service projects in and around the Los Angeles area.
On Wednesday, November 16, as part of the MLS Cup trophy tour, former Galaxy stars and MLS Cup winners Chris Klein and Cobi Jones were joined by the LA Galaxy mascot, Cozmo, for the placement of two Starlight FunCenters™ at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Chris and Cobi visited with patients and participated in soccer themes crafts and games following the FunCenter™ dedications. Patients also had the opportunity to take pictures with the Philip F. Anschutz trophy. PHOTOS>>
On Thursday, November 17, local Home Depot associates came out to refurbish picnic benches, plant trees and paint multi-purpose rooms at Veterans Park, while Galaxy Camps coaches conducted a soccer clinic for 75 local children. On hand for the dedication ceremony and to helo out associates were MLS Players Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Lahoud (Chivas USA), Andrew Boyens (Chivas USA), Zak Boggs (New England Revolution), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chivas USA Mascot the ChivaFighter, MLS EVP JoAnn Neal, Carson Mayer, Jim Dear and othe executives from Carson Parks and Recreation and The Home Depot. PHOTOS>> VIDEO>>
On Friday, November 18, MLS WORKS joined forces with the LA Galaxy to refurbish the Catskill Avenue Elementary School library as part of American Education Week. MLS award winners Zak Boggs (New England Revolution), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian LeToux (Philadelphia Union), Commissioner Garber and Galaxy President Tom Payne were on hand for the dedication ceremony and to read to children from the school. The beautification was accompanied by a soccer clinic for 100 fifth graders conducted by Galaxy Camps coaches. Year long soccer programming will be provided. MORE>> PHOTOS>> VIDEO>>
MLS WORKS and FC Dallas Build Memorial Field to Honor Late Player Freddy Garcia
MLS WORKS, FC Dallas and the Freddy Fund joined together to build a field in honor of their late friend and teammate Freddy Garcia. FC Dallas players and executives planted trees around the field in the week leading up to the ceremony and official unveiling of the field. The Freddy Fund was founded after the sudden passing of FC Dallas reserve player Freddy Garcia. The organization’s mission is to honor Garcia’s life by building a community based memorial soccer field in the Dallas neighborhood where he was born and raised. PHOTOS >>
MLS WORKS and the San Jose Earthquakes donate Starlight Children's Foundation FunCenters™ in the Bay Area
MLS WORKS, the San Jose Earthquakes and Starlight Children’s Foundation joined together on September 7-9 to donate Fun Center™ units to three Bay Area Hospitals. Jason Hernandez and Bobby Burling helped deliver the mobile entertainment unit to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. David Bingham helped deliver a unit to Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, and John Busch and Kelly Gray helped donate a Fun Center™ To Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA. Players and kids enjoyed playing video games on the new units and participating in soccer themed crafts. Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness. PHOTOS>>
MLS WORKS and Portland Timbers Help Build A New Home
MLS WORKS, Portland Timbers and Portland YouthBuilders joined together on August 9 to help build a duplex home for two deserving families. Timbers players Rodrigo Lopez, Freddie Braun, Steve Purdy, Peter Lowry and Timbers’ staff donned tool belts and hammered in nails alongside Portland YouthBuilders staff and students. Portland YouthBuilders educates low income youth age 17 to 24 in both traditional construction as well as in modern multimedia.
MLS WORKS All-Star Recap
During the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star week, MLS WORKS conducted various events in and around New York City. On Monday July 25th, the Galaxy’s David Beckham visited with patients on the pediatric oncology floor of New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital as part of a partnership between MLS WORKS and the Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund. Hope and Heroes was also the recipient of a $25,000 donation, on behalf of MLS WORKS and MLS breaking the record for number of penalty kick attempts through the Guinness Book of World Records. MORE>>
On Tuesday July 26thMLS WORKS joined forces with volunteers from The Home Depot and NYC Parks and Rec to refurbish the HighBridge Community Center pool deck and help raise Highbridge’s new Splash House, an outdoor locker facility. MLS All-Stars joined students from Parsons The New School For Design to construct some of the Splash House elements following the ceremony, which included Chief Executive of Manchester United and Legend Sir Bobby Charlton, Commissioner Garber and other local elected officials. MORE>> PHOTOS>>
On Wednesday July 27th, prior to the All-Star game at Red Bull Arena, MLS WORKS partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation for the donation of a Fun Center™(mobile entertainment unit) to the pediatric floor at Hackensack University Medical Center. Red Bulls forward Luke Rodgers and goal keeper coach Todd Hoffard challenged some children to games on the Fun Center, took part in soccer themed crafts and made bedside visits to other children on the floor. PHOTOS>>
To culminate the MLS WORKS/The Home Depot Community MVP contest, the 18 MVP’s, one representing each MLS market, were recognized during a halftime ceremony during the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star game at Red Bull Arena. A $10,000 donation was made to America Scores New York on behalf of Robert Uvanvocić, the grand-prizewinner, representing the New York Red Bulls. MORE>>
Colorado Rapids Championship Visit the White House
The Colorado Rapids visited the White House on June 27thto celebrate their 2010 championship season. President Obama acknowledged the Rapids hard work, community service and highlighted various individuals for their contributions to the team. Following the presentation of a number 10 jersey for the President, the entire Rapids team, including coaches, conducted a soccer clinic for children of military survivor groups on the South Lawn of the White House. “An awesome day today,” striker Conor Casey said. "When do you get a chance to come to the White House, meet the President, shake his hand and play a little soccer on the front lawn? It’s definitely a cool, cool day for everybody.” MORE>> PHOTOS>> VIDEO>>
MLS WORKS and Colorado Rapids Refurbish a Computer Lab and Donate Soccer Equipment to Mount Saint Vincent
The Rapids and MLS WORKS unveiled a refurbished computer lab at Mount Saint Vincent home in Denver on June 15, 2011. New computers, learning programs and Rapids branded merchandise, including a framed team autographed jersey, was part of the transformation. The highlight of the room was a mural which consisted of images from the Rapids 2010 championship season. Following the dedication ceremony, Rapids players participated in a soccer clinic and signed autographs. PHOTOS>> VIDEO>>
MLS WORKS and Sporting KC Refurbish a Room at a Boys and Girls Club
In 2011, Sporting Kansas City launched Sporting 22 – a scholarship and grant program that empowers high school students in Kansas City to positively impact the health of children by using soccer or related activities as a tool. The 22 finalists will receive a scholarship for college and a grant for supplies and equipment to start their own community program. MORE>>
To commemorate the launch of the Sporting 22 program, MLS WORKS and Sporting Kansas City refurbished a multipurpose room at the Boys and Girls Club – Wyandotte County. Sporting players Michael Harrington, Luke Sassano, Korede Aiyegbusi and C.J. Sapong were on hand for the ribbon cutting and conducted a clinic to help kick-off the summer clinic series, which will be hosted by Craig Rocastle, will provide a safe space for local children to stay active. PHOTOS>>
Chivas USA Greener Goals Project
To raise awareness around the importance of recycling and caring for the environment, Chivas USA and MLS WORKS partnered to mobilize students, supporters and local partners in a one month promotion around MLS WORKS Greener Goals Week (April 16-23). The three-part campaign featured a recycling contest at three elementary schools, a Chivas USA beach clean-up, and a Greener Goals Chivas USA home game. PHOTOS>>
Recycling Contest - Chivas USA and MLS WORKS in partnership with Heal the Bay and the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation challenged students at three Los Angeles area elementary schools to a recycling contest. Chivas USA players and ChivaFighter participated in a kick-off assembly at each participating school and helped educate students on the importance of recycling. MORE>>
Beach Clean-Up - Chivas USA and MLS WORKS engaged staff, ChivaGirls, supporter groups, recycling contest participants and local volunteers to participate in a Heal the Bay beach clean-up to clean-up debris along Torrance Beach in an effort to make the area safe, healthy and clean. MORE>>
In-Stadium Activation - Chivas USA and MLS WORKS educated fans in-stadium on April 30th about the importance of sustainability and the organization's on-going commitment to the environment. The in-stadium activation included fan giveaways (eco-friendly water bottles and eco-tip guides), green staff apparel, carbon offsetting and Chivas USA players wore commemorative jerseys with an MLS WORKS jersey patch and green lettering. MORE>>
In 2010, MLS WORKS and MLS clubs worked closely to create sustainable projects that left a lasting legacy in our local markets.
MLS Best XI players and executives joined forces with The Home Depot associates and local volunteers to refurbish the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club at St. Mary Catholic School.
As part of the MLS Cup trophy arrival celebration, MLS WORKS teamed up with Starlight Children’s Foundation to unveil a new Starlight Fun Center™ at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in downtown Toronto. Designed to combat the fatigue, fear and loneliness faced by hospitalized children, Fun Centers feature a gaming system, DVD player and LCD TV. Past MLS Cup winners Dwayne De Rosario and Jon Conway of Toronto FC and former MLS player Geoff Aunger -- the first Canadian to win an MLS Cup championship (1999) -- were on hand to play Fun Center games with young patients and participate in other activities prior to the unit’s dedication ceremony. MORE »
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Planting for the Future
MLS WORKS and the New England Revolution partnered with Children's Hospital Boston to build a greenhouse and garden at the Yawkey Family Inn. The Inn is located a short distance from the hospital and provides temporary housing for patients and their families while undergoing treatment. Throughout the day, Revolution players participated in planting flowers and trees and joined patients in other fun activities.
The House that Ching Built
Throughout the 2010 season, MLS WORKS and Dynamo Charities have worked together to raise funds and awareness for “The House that Ching Built”– the building of a Habitat for Humanity house in Houston's East End District.
The season-long campaign will culminate with a 6-day build from October 4th-9th. Houston Dynamo players, staff executives, fans and corporate and media partners will join together to build the house and give back to a deserving local family. MORE »
MLS WORKS/The Home Depot Community Playground Build - 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
The 2010 MLS All-Stars and local Dynamo players joined forces with over 250 associates from The Home Depot, organizers from KaBOOM! and local volunteers to build an entire playground at The Golden Acres Elementary School in Pasadena, TX creating a great place to play within walking distance of the more than 500 children who attend the school.
It was a day to remember for the local volunteers who worked alongside MLS players. Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton was also part of the festivities that will serve as a lasting legacy for the host city of Major League Soccer’s 15th annual All-Star Game.
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D.C. United, Volkswagen and MLS WORKS joined Habitat for Humanity to build houses for deserving families in the Greater Washington area. Since the start of the 2010 season, D.C. United raised funds and recruited volunteers for the three-day, three-city build.
Real Salt Lake Service Event in Washington D.C.
Real Salt Lake and MLS WORKS teamed up with the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to raise awareness about malaria prior to RSL's Championship visit to the White House on Friday, June 4, 2010.
The team conducted a malaria awareness workshop and soccer clinic on the lawn of the Washington Monument to engage D.C.area children from D.C. SCORES and RSL Juniors in the global fight against malaria. Coaches from DC Stoddert were on-hand to help with the soccer clinic while representatives from the President's Malaria Initiative and White House Office of Public Engagement addressed the participants as part of the kick-off. PHOTOS »
Get Active with Soccer
MLS WORKS and the LA Galaxy launched the “Get Active with Soccer” Galaxy Caravan in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign and the Galaxy’s commitment to supporting and creating educational, health, and recreational activities and programs for children in southern California.
The caravan, made possible by the support of League partner Volkswagen, made stops at local community and recreation centers, soccer practices and afterschool programs from May 24th to June 5th, 2010. Galaxy players spoke to the children about making healthy lifestyle choices, focusing on the importance of physical activity and conducted a 60 minute soccer clinic, teaching skills that each child can do at home. Players also spoke about hydration and nutritious snacks, distributed Active Bodies Active Minds booklets and Healthy Halftime Snacks to the children at each event giving them options for healthy snacks, hydration tips and physical activities. PHOTOS »
Fire Goes Green
MLS WORKS and the Chicago Fire Foundation will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and educate the Chicago community on the importance of environmental issues during the “Fire Goes Green” community service project. Events to include a beach clean-up with the Sierra Club, tree planting at TOYOTA Park, “The Lorax Student Earth Day” and in-stadium activation during the April 24th game where Fire players will wear commemorative jerseys to be auctioned following the game. MORE » | PHOTOS ».
MLS WORKS and the Philadelphia Union are committed to developing the sport of soccer in Chester, PA. As part of the Union’s Chester First initiative, Chester City United (CCU) was officially launched on April 17th, 2010 at the “Will’s Night Out” fundraiser. Four youth soccer organizations came together to form CCU, a co-ed youth recreational club - The Will Trippley Youth Development Foundation, the Chambers Foundation, Chester Department of Recreation and Boys and Girls Club of Chester. Union players joined Pennsylvania State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland to officially kick off the festivities.
Ten acres of land to serve as the home pitch for Chester City United was refurbished in preparation for the spring 2010 season. Equipment, uniforms and other basic necessities to facilitate play were also donated at the youth launch on April 18th, 2010. PHOTOS »