In the Community
Chairman Mendelson, and members of the Council:
My name is Victor Melara. I am D.C. United’s Director of Community Relations and also a resident of the District, and I am testifying today on Bill 20-805 in light of the consultants report.
2014 has been a great year for D.C. United on and off the field. As we continue to recap the memorable campaign, let's turn our focus to United's community outreach. D.C. United's foundation uses soccer to promote the personal growth of underserved youth in the D.C. area. It seeks to strengthen our community by mentoring children and instilling the values of self-discipline, healthy living and teamwork.
D.C. United has teamed with local supermarket operator Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, as well as leading youth services provider Sasha Bruce Youthwork to provide 100 families with a complete Thanksgiving food basket this holiday season. On Thursday, Nov. 20, from 4-6 p.m. at Randall Recreation Center in Southwest Washington, the baskets – which are being donated by Shoppers - will be distributed to deserving families in Ward 6 and 7. Each family was selected by Sasha Bruce Youthwork through their community outreach program which helps support low-income families in the area.
D.C. United announced today, through United Drives, that the program will collect new toys to benefit various organizations throughout the holiday season, November 8 before United’s playoff match against the New York Red Bulls at 2:30 p.m. (buy tickets here).
The D.C. United Foundation will hold its annual Fall Classic youth soccer tournament on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the RFK Auxiliary Field located at 21st St NE and Oklahoma Ave NE. The tournament will showcase over 30 teams comprised of youth ages 6-12 who are participants in the United Soccer Club 2014 fall program.
D.C. United partnered with Leidos and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia on Saturday October 25, to renovate a home on Princess Street in Alexandria, Va. Members of D.C. United’s front office staff and volunteers from Leidos got their hands dirty helping with the renovation of a home that will be given to a deserving, low-income family.
The D.C United Foundation will hold an in-stadium jersey auction on Saturday, October 18 during United’s final Regular Season home match against the Chicago Fire (buy tickets). Fans will have an opportunity to bid on select 2014 game-worn, autographed jerseys. All proceeds raised from the auction will assist the D.C. United Foundation with operating its signature programs: United Soccer Club and Kicks for Kids, which help serve hundreds of underprivileged DC area youth.
D.C. United announced today, through United Drives, that the program will collect canned goods to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, October 18 before United’s match against the Chicago Fire at 7:00 p.m. - buy tickets.
In his first season in Washington, defender Sean Franklin has strengthened D.C. United both on and off the field. In addition to his veteran presence for the Playoff-bound Black-and-Red, he is the athlete ambassador for Dreams for Kids DC, which teamed up with United for an Extreme Recess Soccer clinic at RFK’s training field on Sunday, Oct. 5.