United Drives to collect with baby essentials during April

WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2009) - D.C. United announced today plans to continue the 2009 season of United Drives by collecting baby essentials - items such as diapers, baby wipes, bottles, wash cloths, rattles and receiving blankets - before home matches during the month of April. All items collected at the April 4 and 17 games will benefit the Prince George’s Child Resource Center, Inc. Each month during the 2009 Major League Soccer season, D.C. United will collect items at every home game to benefit pre-determined non-profit organizations within the Washington, D.C. area.

Fans who donate items will receive a "Buy One, Get One Free" ticket voucher, redeemable for that day’s match or selected 2009 regular season home game. The collection bin is to be located outside RFK Stadium’s Gate A, and is open from two hours prior to the game until 15 minutes after kick-off. Donations are also accepted in the D.C. United offices, located on the fourth floor of Gate A. This season marks the seventh year of the United Drives campaign, which collects much-needed items to help with each beneficiary’s mission. Below is a list of what items will be collected in advance of each home game:

United Drives dates:
Drives - collection item (Beneficiary)
April 4, 17 - Baby Essentials (Prince George’s Child Resource Center, Inc.)
May 2, 9, 23 - Food (Capital Area Food Bank and Children of Mine)
June 4, 13 - Toys (Children’s National Medical Center and The Children’s Center)
July 18 - Soccer Equipment (United for D.C.)
August 8, 22 - School Supplies (United for D.C.)
September 12, 27 - Toiletries (Thrive DC)
October 3, 17 - Coats (Mission of Love)

Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either “D.C. United” or “United,” but not “the D.C. United” or “the United.” We appreciate your cooperation.

Doug Hicks, dhicks@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5448,
Boris Flores, bflores@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5452,
Kyle Sheldon, ksheldon@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5450 or
Cristina Cruz, ccruz@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5440