In the Community
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen, midfielder-forward Chris Pontius, and defender Mike Chabala recorded a public service announcement for the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.
This past Saturday, more than 30 members of the D.C. United family gave of their time for D.C. Public Schools Beautification Day. The day’s work was organized as part of the club’s volunteer program, United Builds.
United for D.C., the charitable arm of D.C. United, announced today that the sold-out 11th Annual United Celebrity Golf Tournament, supported by Cushman & Wakefield, raised more than $40,000. Proceeds from the event benefit the charity’s three signature programs - United Reads, Kicks for Kids and United Soccer Club - all of which use soccer to place an emphasis on literacy, healthy lifestyles and life skills for underserved youth in the greater Metropolitan Area. For more information on United for D.C.'s many initiatives, please visit unitedfordc.org.
Liam Nagle is a big D.C. United fan. The youngster recently celebrated his birthday at RFK, cheering along with friends as the Black-and-Red downed
Houston back in late April. On
that day, Nagle got to see Perry Kitchen – a player the 9-year old counts among his
favorites – go the full ninety minutes in a thrilling 3-2 win.
But on Wednesday night, the tables were turned. D.C.’s young midfielder was the one
cheering as Nagle dribbled down the field at Long Bridge Park in Arlington.
D.C. United and its non-profit arm, United for D.C., today announced the 2012 “Spring Kick” sponsored by The Meltzer Group. The event, a season ending tournament at the RFK Stadium Training Field, will take place on Wednesday June 6 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.
The Seventh Annual United for D.C. Day will wrap up after United’s match with a celebration at D.C. United bar partners The Queen Vic and The Pug to benefit United for D.C. The cover charge will be $20 and will include all-you-can-drink beer and ‘United for D.C. Punch’. The post-game event will begin immediately after the end of the match and will run until 12:30 a.m.
United for D.C. honored with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected United for D.C. to receive a 2012 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals and organizations which improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.
Twenty-two participants from United Soccer Club, a program run by D.C. United’s 501(c)3 foundation United for D.C., will join the First Lady of the United States for a Let’s Move! soccer clinic on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, May 15. The students are all representing the program’s Harrison Parks and Recreation Center location. Prior to the clinic, the children will be in attendance for a ceremony at which the President will honor members of the 2011 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy.
United Soccer Club is an after-school program that introduces the sport of soccer to youth in inner-city and underprivileged communities of the greater Washington, D.C. area. United Soccer Club (USC) partners with urban families, schools, recreation centers and community-based organizations in order to invest in the athletic, emotional, and social welfare of the children living in the D.C Area.
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. On May 26, the club will collect games and toys for the kids at The Children’s Center in support of United Drives. As a D.C. United signature program, United Drives assigns a different charity drive for each month of the MLS regular season, including the collection of soccer equipment, food, children’s books, and school supplies.