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With mud on their shoes and wet socks, several interns of Philadelphia Union, left the Showalter Intermediate School with a sense of pride, knowing that they just helped the community. The giant puddles, left by “Frankenstorm” were no deterrents as they cleaned up the playground located adjacent to the middle school in Chester. The clean-up effort – which will continue – included collecting trash on the playground, raking leaves off the soccer field, fixing the sponsorship panels – which surrounded the soccer field – removing graffiti off of the playground and reapplying woodchips to the playground floor. During the clean-up effort, the interns were greeted by four children of the Chester community who expressed gratitude as they offered their assistance in the cleaning up their neighborhood. When finished, the children left to go trick-or-treating, feeling they received an extra treat on Halloween Eve – not only did they receive candy but also an assurance of a clean and safe playground.
The second annual River Cup is coming to PPL Park on August 26! The Union Front Office hope to make it two wins in a row after a narrow 2-1 victory in last year's inagural event, while the Sons of Ben are out for revenge as they look to lift the River Cup trophy for the first time.
Tickets are on sale now for $10 and are available for purchase from the PPL Park box office during all Union home games, as well as regular business hours on non-gamedays.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Philadelphia Union Foundation's charitable activities in the local community. Last year's River Cup raised over $25,000!
To view photos from the 2011 event, CLICK HERE.
WATCH: 2011 River Cup rewind
The Philadelphia Union Foundation was featured in the July edition of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. newsletter for community service efforts surrounding the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
To view the July newsletter, CLICK HERE.
On Sunday, August 26th at PPL Park, watch the Philadelphia Union front office and the Sons of Ben battle it out at the 2nd annual River Cup! The match kicks off at 6 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Philadelphia Union Foundation.
Stay tuned for updates and ticket information as matchday approaches!
On Monday, Chester Mayor John A. Linder honored local students in grades 8-12 at the Mayor’s Annual Scholar Dinner.
The Philadelphia Union Foundation was a proud sponsor of the event, where the mayor recognized students for superb academic achievement, outstanding service to the Chester community, and acceptance into a college or university.
Over 30 local students were honored for their academic accomplishments and service to the community.
The Philadelphia Union Foundation, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Chester Upland School District invite you to build a playground in Chester during MLS All-Star week!
The build will take place on Tuesday, July 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Science and Discovery High School in Chester. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
Those interested in volunteering should email Leah Moore at email@example.com as soon as possible, as space is limited.
This week, the Philadelphia Union Foundation presented a $15,000 donation to the Delaware County District Attorney's office to help fund "Operation Safe Patrol." The initiative will create a Pennsylvania State Police presence in the city of Chester between the months of July and September, when violent crimes are typically at their highest. Goals of the program include improving police response time, identifying illegal weapons channels, and better integrating law enforcement with the Chester community. Additional funding for the initiative was donated by Widener University and the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, among others.
The Philadelphia Union Foundation is proud to support this initiative as part of its ongoing effort to provide transformational change in the Chester community.
On Wednesday, nearly 50 children from the Chester community took a shot at designing their dream playgrounds. The event, hosted by the Philadelphia Union Foundation, KaBOOM!, Chester Upland School District, and Chester City United took place at Science & Discovery High School and lasted well into the evening.
Those joining the participants included Union GK Chase Harrison, Philadelphia Union front office staff, and local community volunteers. Representatives from MLS W.O.R.K.S. were also on hand.
Many of the design day visions will come to life on July 24, when the Philadelphia Union Foundation and its partners work with KaBOOM! to bring a new playground to Chester as part of activities surrounding the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park.
On Sunday, June 10, the Philadelphia Union Foundation and the Union Juniors partnered with Chester City United to host the second annual “Pass Back Day” at YSC Sports in Wayne, PA.
Adult volunteers and youth players from the Union Juniors Academy team helped prepare and run the event, which brought over 70 kids from the Chester area for a day of soccer activities.
Participants rotated through various stations manned by Union Juniors, including a penalty shoot-out, an obstacle course, and a small-sided game. Philadelphia Union players and coaches were on hand to provide coaching instruction and encouragement. Among those in attendance were interim team manager John Hackworth, goalkeeper Chase Harrison, defenders Ray Gaddis and Sheanon Williams, and midfielder Krystian Witkowski.
Signed Union T-shirts, hats and jerseys were raffled off to participants at the end of the day. The event concluded with an autograph and picture session with Union players.
The Philadelphia Union Foundation thanks all of Sunday’s volunteers for making the second annual Passback Day a success!
The playground build is a part of the Philadelphia Union Foundation’s ongoing efforts to promote youth health and recreation in the Chester community and to provide children with safe places to play. MLS has engaged in similar projects in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Carson, CA.
The Philadelphia Union Foundation is proud to partner with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that hopes to put a playground within walking distance of every child in America. For more information on KaBOOM!, please visit http://kaboom.org/about_kaboom.