D.C. United are once again teaming up with Major League Soccer this September to raise awareness for childhood cancer and funds to combat childhood cancer through the league’s fifth-annual Kick Childhood Cancer campaign. The league-wide initiative will be promoted nationally on TV broadcasts, in-stadium activations, and social and digital channels by all 23 MLS clubs.
To raise awareness for childhood cancer, D.C. United will host their inaugural Kick Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on Sunday, Sept. 2 when the Black-and-Red take on Atlanta United at Audi Field. United players will also take part in several Kick Childhood Cancer community activities throughout the month of September.
In addition, all of MLS will “go gold” during September by using commemorative adidas Nativo official match balls, gold Kick Childhood Cancer captain’s armbands, and gold ribbon patches on all game jerseys. Players and PRO referees will wear Kick Childhood Cancer t-shirts during pre-match ceremonies, and gold corner flags and nets will be featured in matches throughout the month.
Kick Childhood Cancer Awareness Night – September 2
United’s Kick Childhood Cancer Night will feature a special flag procession and gold in-stadium elements including LEDs, fireworks, and supporter smoke, among other tributes.
United will also honor the memory of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Honored Hero Mason Mazzuca, who passed away from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2018. Mason was recognized during United’s 2017 Kick Childhood Cancer Campaign for his fight against leukemia. A special tribute will play on the video board during pre-game activities and a 6th minute moment of celebration will be held during the match in Mason’s honor.
Later in the game, fans will be asked to show their support for those fighting childhood cancer by holding up “My Honored Heroes” signs at halftime. The signs have been designed in conjunction with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Kick Childhood Cancer Auction
United will host a Kick Childhood Cancer auction featuring signed jerseys and other autographed memorabilia. All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Bidding will begin at 12 PM ET on Friday, Sept. 14 and will conclude at 8 PM ET on Monday, Sept. 17.
Auction items will be on display at the D.C. United auction table during United’s match against the New York Red Bulls on September 16. Fans interested in bidding on memorabilia can text “DCUNITED” to 52182 or visit dcunited.givesmart.com.
Kick Childhood Cancer Soccer Clinic
D.C. United will team up with Soccer for the Future to host a free Kick Childhood Cancer soccer clinic for pediatric cancer survivors at RFK Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1. Soccer for the Future was founded by a D.C. United employee following her own battle with skin cancer. The nonprofit's goal is to create a happier and healthier culture for kids battling cancer.
United will partner with Hope for Henry to visit patients at Children’s National hospital in September. Players will spend time with patients in the art therapy room and oncology units.
For more information on Kick Childhood Cancer, visit www.mlssoccer.com/mls-works