In the Community
In day four of our 10 Days of Giving, the club helped the Salvation Army prepare meals to be served at the Safeway Feast of Sharing on November 21 at the Washington Convention Center. Volunteers from D.C. United spent four hours alongside Convention Center chefs to finalize the turkeys and pies for the occasion. This is the third year D.C. United has teamed up with the Salvation Army during the holidays.
As part of United's 10 Days of Giving initiative, team President and CEO Kevin Payne, alongside midfielder Lance Rozeboom joined DC Mayor Vincent Gray at Food & Friends to help pack 3,500 Thanksgiving Meals.
D.C. United and its non-profit arm, United for D.C., announced details for the 2012 United Soccer Club Fall Fest. The event, a season ending tournament at the RFK Stadium Training Field, will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. This one-of-a-kind tournament brings together underserved youth from across the metro area to RFK, exemplifying D.C. United’s wide-ranging commitment to the community.
On Thursday, United for D.C. wrapped up their fall 2012 United Reads tour with a visit to Savoy Elementary School in Ward 8. United mascot Talon joined D.C. United staff at the final stop to deliver a message to students about the importance of health and education.
The group, along with partner the Heart of America Foundation, were on site to hand deliver 660 books to Savoy classrooms. Representatives from D.C. United also spoke to students about living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and eating habits.
Join D.C. United and MLS W.O.R.K.S. as we support the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.
Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
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.