Boy Scouts of America teams up with MLS

IRVING, Texas, and NEW YORK — At the 2012 MLS SuperDraft in Kansas City, Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and MLS W.O.R.K.S., MLS’ community outreach initiative, announced a collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America, providing avenues for the league to support the BSA’s youth-focused program of athleticism, character, and leadership.

Beginning with the 2012 MLS season, which starts on March 10, Scouts across the nation in MLS markets will receive special programming and connection opportunities at MLS games.

Major League Soccer, which was founded in 1996, features 19 clubs in the United States and Canada, each playing 34 regular-season matches.

Through the BSA’s focus on healthy living initiative SCOUTStrong, Scouts participating in MLS markets will be provided access to MLS players, coaches, league and club executives, and unique programming tailored to the Scouts. Future plans include an opportunity for Scouts to conduct community service projects and be selected for in-game ceremonies at MLS stadiums, for “Scout Nights” that support local councils in the recruiting and retention of Scouts, and for local MLS players and executives to partake in formal discussions with Scouts on topics such as fitness and leadership. 

At the MLS SuperDraft, Scouts from the Heart of America Council in Kansas City delivered the official adidas MLS PRIME match ball to the stage to kick off the event. The ball was autographed by the 2012 first-round draft picks and will be auctioned off to benefit the Kansas City council. Visit to bid on this and other MLS memorabilia.

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