Elementary school was a simpler time in life. For me, the most challenging part of elementary school was learning my spelling words. For some of the children at Amidon-Bowen Elementary school, the challenges they face are much more real.
Hunger is a serious problem in the District of Columbia, and organizations like Martha’s Table are out to change that. Martha’s Table is dedicated to helping those in need receive food and education to help alleviate hunger, especially child hunger.
When we arrived at Amidon-Bowen the staff from Martha’s Table already had volunteers hard at work opening boxes of yogurt, oatmeal, soup, pasta, cranberry sauce, and bagging fresh fruit, vegetables and frozen turkeys. We jumped right in and started organizing the food into stations based on food groups, which would later play into the education part of the distribution. We tried to make the food appear as it would at a grocery store, organized by product and variety, and in straight rows, so the recipients would feel that they had choices, and weren’t just receiving a hand out.
As the families began to file in we didn’t simply hand over bags of food. We engaged with the families by discussing their different options, asked the children questions about what food groups they already had in their bags, what their favorite meal was and joked about how nobody really likes cranberry sauce (or at least I don’t). You could see on their faces that they were grateful not only for the food, but for treating them as people.
The holidays are a time to appreciate what you have, but for those in need this time of year , they can be a reminder of what you don’t have. During the short two hours that we helped distribute food that will help families provide a full Thanksgiving meal, it was clear that we were making a difference in these people’s lives. Everyone may need help once in a while, and knowing that we were able to help dozens of families in Southwest Washington was a great way to spend our 3rd Day of Giving.
150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. The Gettysburg Address was a dedication at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA, delivered just four and a half months after the Union Army defeated the Confederate Army in the Battle of Gettysburg.
In remembrance of this important day in US history, and the values that Americans hold so dear, Bill Hamid and the U.S. Men's National Team recited the speech today.
This afternoon (3:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2) The US Men's National Team faces off against Scotland in an international friendly. One face on the USMNT squad stands out for DCU fans, as Homegrown keeper Bill Hamid was recently called into National Team camp and will be joining his countrymen in Glasgow.
In 1996 and 1997, D.C. United's crest was pretty different. The mark, which featured the same key pieces as today's badge, was updated following the 1997 season. Do you remember the logos of the original ten MLS teams? Do you know which teams have not changed since their inception?
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United newcomer, Jared Jeffrey's long-distance strike at BMO Field has made it to the second round of voting for MLS Goal of the Year. The young ringer, who joined the Black-and-Red in July from the Bundesliga, notched two goals this season in just 10 matches. Take a look at the goals he's up against, and cast your vote!
Jared Jeffrey vs Toronto - September 28
On every team, there are those people that you would want by your side during a fight. There are also those few you know would take cover if things got messy. So, who do you think most DCU players want with them if anything ever went down? Who do you think would hide á la Franklin in the above clip from the Replacements? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
It's unbelievably easy to take what we have for granted. For instance: when I'm hungry, I eat. It is that simple. But, for so many others, that is not an option; it's not that simple. We can help, and today, during our First Day of Giving, we did.
Kicking off D.C. United's 10 Days of Giving, a few volunteers from our staff joined Thrive DC at St. Stephen's Church in Northwest to provide meals for homeless and disadvantaged men and women. Additionally, we donated the toiletries from our October United Drives collection and the extra D.C. United Season Ticket Holder blankets.
It was 8 a.m. on a Friday morning. I had pressed snooze twice this morning. Yet, I couldn't have felt more ready for the day. The vibes upon entering the church were contagiously positive and energizing.
After tying my apron and putting on my gloves, I was immediately put to work. Together, we made chicken noodle soup, cabbage stir-fry, salad, toast with butter and began preparing Monday's breakfast. As soon as all the food was set out in the dinning room, including the breakfast burritos donated by DC Central Kitchen, we began serving meals to those in need.
For three hours, we played a small role in feeding the hungry. The gratefulness on the men and women's faces as they worked their way down the line is what it is all about: people helping people. Washingtonians helpings Washingtonians. D.C. United being out in the community, helping to make it just slightly better than it was yesterday.
In 2007, former D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell caught Luciano Emilio on camera singing James Blunt's You're Beautiful. This locker room moment was, um, beautiful? But let's hope that the jams in the locker room this year were a little bit more exciting than James Blunt...
Using the comments section below, tell us who you think had the best music selection this season.
On November 7, 2012, D.C. United and roughly 700 fans traveled to Red Bull Arena in the midst of a nor'easter. The Black-and-Red, who had switched home game schedules with the New York Red Bulls due to hurricane Sandy, was scheduled to face New York in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But Mother Nature had other plans. The nor'easter was dumping snow, even with all-hands-on-deck (including MLS Commissioner Don Garber) clearing the field became an impossible task.
Ultimately, MLS officials postponed the game until the following night, which meant 700 cold fans had to trek back to DC. But the DCU faithful would not be silenced. Upwards of 500 repeat travelers headed north on I-95 the following day because D.C. United has the best fans in MLS, and they continue to prove it through thick and thin.
United superlatives continue today, this time with a pair of questions that got a bit of a rise out of the team. First we asked what teammate they would not allow to date their sister, followed up by which teammate they would. The answers may surprise you...
Who would you allow to date your sister? Who do you think the team picked? Let us know in the comments section below.