Santino Quaranta at a 2009 United Reads event

United Reads, presented by TD Bank, returns for fall 2011

D.C. United andits charitable arm, United for D.C., announced today the schedule for UnitedReads during the fall of 2011. United Reads is a signature program created toencourage elementary school students in the greater Metropolitan area to fallin love with reading and to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles.United Reads is currently in its ninth year thanks to the generous support ofpresenting partner T.D. Bank and program sponsors Volkswagen and GallupGovernment. The program will continue to partner with the Heart of AmericaFoundation to provide new books to every student during D.C. United playervisits to each school. 

Thefall season is highlighted by a host of player appearances at participatingschools in addition to a collaboration with the United Way National CapitalArea to host joint assemblies at three schools. The joint assemblies will feature the United Reads program with UnitedWay’s Fun.Fly.Fit program to reinforce United for D.C.’s goal of encouragingstudents to maintain an active mind and active body. 

Ateach visit D.C. United players will lead interactive games in activities withthe students as well as share their personal experiences and successes with anemphasis on the importance of reading and staying healthy. Players will alsosign autographs, take photos, and distribute two new books to each student tocontinue developing their personal libraries. 

Formore information about United Reads or any of United for D.C.’s programs,please visit

Thefollowing is the United Reads fall school schedule:

Ketcham Elementary School (Ward 8)
1919 15th St. SE
Washington, DC 20020
October 12

SavoyElementary School(Ward 8)
2501 MartinLuther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington, DC20020
October 11 –Joint assembly

Simon Elementary School(Ward 8)
401Mississippi Ave SE
Washington,DC 20032

PayneElementary School(Ward 6)
305 15th St. SE
Washington, DC20003
October 7

Bruce-MonroeElementary School (Ward1)
3560Warder St NW
Washington,DC 20001

TubmanElementary School (Ward1)
310113th St NW
Washington,DC 20010

October20 – Joint assembly

United for D.C. 

UnitedFor D.C., Inc. was founded on January 8, 2002 as the charitable arm of MajorLeague Soccer’s D.C. United.  United ForD.C. is a 501(c)3 organization with the mission to champion educational,health, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth ofgreater Washington, DC by engaging the resources and skills of D.C. United andour community. 

About Heart of America

Founded in 1997, The Heart ofAmerica Foundation's mission is to provide disadvantaged children with thetools they need to read, succeed and make a difference in life.  The Heartof America Foundation's programs uniquely combine volunteer service andliteracy.  The organization is volunteer-led and peer-driven, operatingwith a small staff and hundreds of volunteers.