United Drives to collect toys during June

WASHINGTON, DC (June 3, 2009) - D.C. United announced today plans to continue the 2009 season of United Drives by collecting new toys before home matches during the month of June. All items collected at the June 4 and 13 games will benefit the Children’s National Medical Center and The Children’s Center.

Fans who donate an item will receive a "Buy One, Get One Free" ticket voucher, redeemable for that day’s match or any other 2009 regular season home game, excluding the L.A. Galaxy game on August 22. Items will be collected at United’s two June home games - June 4 vs. the New York Red Bulls and June 13 vs. the Chicago Fire.

The collection bin will 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.

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. Please see the United Drives schedule below.

United Drives dates:
Drives - collection item (Beneficiary)

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)

For more information on United Drives initiatives or any of D.C. United’s community relations programs, call (202) 587-5000.

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