In the Community
As the holidays approach and the team hits the road for the offseason, United Builds amps up their community outreach with 10 Days of Giving. The annual campaign is designed to benefit D.C. Metropolitan non-profit organizations and includes ten days of events in which D.C. United staff, players, sponsors, and fans are invited to participate in various ways.
This year's initiatives include serving food to the homeless, bike building and toy sorting, and much more. Through these efforts, United continues to fulfill the club's mission of serving the community.
Head Coach Ben Olsen and ten players visited the Nation's Medical Center
On Monday, October 15, Head Coach Ben Olsen, Mike Chabala, Maicon Santos, Bill Hamid, Daniel Woolard, Stephen King, Josh Wolff, Brandon McDonald, Chris Pontius, Robbie Russell and Joe Willis visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The group toured the facility and met with wounded warriors.
The players shared their experience via Twitter:
D.C. United and its charitable arm, United for D.C., announced today the schedule for United Reads during the Fall of 2012. United Reads is a signature program created to encourage elementary school students in the greater Metropolitan area to fall in love with reading and to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles. United Reads is currently in its 10th year thanks to the generous support of presenting partner T.D. Bank and program sponsors Volkswagen and Gallup Government.
D.C. United's mission is to "win championships, and serve the community." To help win championships, the coaches and staff look for talented players. To help serve, the club has both an active Community Relations department but it also started a charitable arm called United for D.C. And, when players and our community efforts come together, D.C. United is at its best.
Players share their love of reading with online students
After training today, Dwayne De Rosario and Perry Kitchen took a moment to participate in an online education event with K12.com. DeRo read “Froggy Plays Soccer” while Perry read “Splat!: The Colorful Cat” to some local students while the session was recorded for online use. Below are photos from the event.
Throughout the 2012 Major League Soccer season, D.C. United collects items at select home games to benefit pre-determined non-profit organizations within the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. During the month of October, United for D.C. – D.C. United’s charitable arm – will collect toiletries and personal hygiene items that will benefit Thrive DC, a dining program for homeless women in the area. As a D.C.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Chris Pontius is ready to show his support. In a recent Tweet, he revealed a new pair of pink kicks that he'll be donning for the cause:
For the first time since the announcement of a partnership between Jason Levien, Erick Thohir and Will Chang as owners of D.C. United, the three were in town over the weekend for a whirlwind tour surrounding United's 1-0 victory over Chivas USA Sunday night. Among the agenda items during the visit was an opportunity to become actively involved in the community programming for which D.C. United is synonymous.