MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, and The Home Depot, the official home improvement retailer of MLS, are teaming up to launch the Community MVP contest. Recognizing the impact a single individual can make, the contest aims to highlight the dedication and passion of MLS fans to make a difference in their local communities.
Beginning today, fans throughout the League will have an opportunity to nominate individuals who are committed to going above and beyond in their communities. Winners will be selected based on their efforts in one of the following areas: general community service; youth programming; environmental sustainability; health and wellness; education; military or civic service.
The Community MVP contest is part of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community Service Program – a collaborative effort to combine sport and service, promote goodwill within MLS markets and improve lives and communities at the grassroots level.
“Our fans show tremendous support for the charitable initiatives of the League, our clubs and players,” said JoAnn Neale, executive vice president of Major League Soccer. “We want to recognize the amazing service work that our fans are doing every day to improve their communities.”
One (1) Community MVP will be chosen to represent each MLS club. Winners will receive a $500 gift card provided by The Home Depot, along with a trip to MLS Cup 2010 in Toronto (round-trip coach airfare provided by American Airlines). Official MLS merchandise will also be a part of the prize package. Nominations must be 500 words or less and can be submitted by visitingwww.MLSsoccer.com/communitymvp. The contest will be open until September 17, 2010 at 7:59pm ET. Winners will be announced onMLSsoccer.com and recognized during halftime of MLS Cup 2010 at BMO Field in Toronto.
ABOUT MLS W.O.R.K.S.
MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the Web site at www.MLSsoccer.com/works.