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04 May 4:52 pm

Cocktails & Cleats Celebration 2015

Huge success! $130,000 raised to help fund the work of the Philadelphia Union Foundation programs and projects. For more photos, click here.

New Philadelphia Union Foundation Partnership with Big Brothers / Big Sisters Pennsylvania

Coming soon – Big Brothers / Big Sisters comes to the Union! 25 kids from toby Farms Middle School in Chester PA will meet with their “Bigs” twice a month all year, at PPL Park for lunch, laughs and activities.

New Philadelphia Union Foundation Partnership with Philabundance

Coming soon – the PUF will partner with Philabundance in their mission to increase healthy habits and hunger relief. Specific support will go to Philabundance’s new grocery store in Chester: Fare & Square Market.

Chester City United Spring League

CCU is off to a great start this year! With tactics and drills covered in practice twice a week, the club of over 50 participants is match-ready for their intramural competitions on Saturdays at STEM Middle School field and small playground.

Soccer For Success Play Date

All smiles at PPL park when Soccer For Success, led by Widener University, had their end of the season “Play Date” on the Toyota Plaza and Acme Fields. Included in the day of activities was a stadium tour for the whole group.

Clean-Up 2015

Members of the community, Union staff, SoB and PPL EnergyPlus Staff will join forces on May 12th (rain date May 14th) to clean the areas around PPL Park. The day, sponsored by PPL EnergyPlus and Philadelphia Union Foundation, will launch a year-long beautification project around PPL Park.

Chester City Safe Corridors

Spring signifies the renewal of Chester City’s Safe Corridors Program. Member of the community, Philadelphia Union Foundation, and City Council met to discuss one of the groups most impactful projects: Safe Playgrounds, where community liaison’s work together with the Police Force and City Hall, to keep Chester Safe.

Philadelphia Union wins Designated Driver Contest

Philadelphia Union beats DC United in a close “Designated Driver Challenge”. To become a Designated Driver, sign up at Guests Services (section 113) on any home game day.

30 April 10:46 am

PLAYER(S) OF THE MONTH:

  • Names: Ellis & Elias Geathers
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Favorite Food: Pizza (Ellis), Sushi (Elias)
  • Favorite Healthy Food: Apples (both)
  • Favorite Game at Soccer: Passing games (Ellis), Handball (Elias)
  • Hometown: Chester
  • Role Models: Philadelphia Eagles (Ellis), Lebron James (Elias)
  • Favorite Hobby: Playing minecraft together (both)
09 April 3:11 pm

Here are three kettlebell exercises that you can add to your workout routine. As always make sure that you use good form and if you have any pain stop right away.

08 April 10:55 am

General Mills announced a grant to be awarded to the Philadelphia Union Foundation to strengthen their soccer development and health programs for local children.

The Philadelphia Union Foundation, established in partnership with Philadelphia Union of MLS, provides opportunities for children through the power of relationships to offer transformational change in areas of education, community, health, and recreation.

A portion of the grant will be used to aid Chester City United, a year-round, intramural soccer program for middle school aged students. The program teaches soccer skill development along with fun competition. A significant part of the life-skills mentoring is done by the coaches, parents, and volunteers from the city of Chester. These opportunities provide our children with a group of adults that can help develop significant relationships and will lead to developing a sense of trust within our community.

Chester City United players also have the opportunity to participate in a one-week summer camp; focusing on teamwork, healthy habits, and soccer skills. Courtesy of General Mills, the Union Foundation will be able to continue supporting this initiative, as well as a Fall and Spring program.

Founded in 1866 and ranked among the world’s most innovative companies, General Mills has been nourishing lives in more than 100 countries with a primary focus in creating foods that commit to improving health.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Philadelphia Union Foundation to further nourish the lives of the youth in the Philadelphia area through health and wellness education, physical activity, and mentorship,” said Bill Watts, Director of Field Sales at General Mills.

Rick Jacobs, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Union Foundation agreed and suggested that, “Our foundation successes lie within our ability to find like minded partners that support our four building blocks. What better partner in the area of supporting our youth than General Mills? We appreciate their commitment to our children.”

For more information about General Mills visit: http://www.generalmills.com

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To read more about the Philadelphia Union Foundation visit: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/foundation

23 March 10:42 am
On Friday, March 13, Philadelphia Union staff surprised the 6th grade students of George Sharswood School in South Philadelphia and took over their gym class with soccer activities. 
 
The staff surprised the students outside with three soccer stations and an inflatable soccer field with various games at each including 5 vs. 5 matches and competitive variations titled “Steal the Bacon” and “Knock Out." 
 
“It was awesome being able to surprise the kids. They were all excited that we were there and it was something different for them," said Ticket Sales intern Shane Nelson. “They were all running around, smiling, and having fun. You could tell this was the highlight of their week.” 
 
The activities lasted for approximately an hour and a half followed by group pictures. Before sending the students back to class, the Union staff donated soccer balls and mini soccer goals to the school in hopes to grow their soccer program and activity in the community. 
 
 

@philaunion takes over gym class at the Sharswood School!

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“I think these activities can get children excited about the game, becoming Philadelphia Union fans themselves,” said Union intern Budimir Markovic.
 
The Union looks forward to visiting other local schools and organizations in the future to promote healthy activity and involvement. 
 
13 March 11:49 am

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Find out how much Andrew Wenger really knows about his roommate, Danny Cruz, as we ask both players personal lifestyle questions and match up their answers.

The Philadelphia Union hosted a FIFA 15 tournament Thursday night. Jimmy Jackson walked away a winner with two free Philadelphia Union tickets. Jimmy will also be sent to PPL Park to compete for $500. The next FIFA 15 tournament will be held at West Chester University on Saturday March 21st from 7-10pm in the Sykes Student Union Ballrooms. Interested? Details and sign ups at the Sykes information desk, max of 24 teams.
 

Philadelphia Union announced Thursday to sign SuperDraft pick Eric Bird. Drafted with the No. 41 pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Bird, 21, was a two-year captain for the University of Virginia where he helped lead the Cavaliers to a national championship in 2014. At Virginia, he played in 75 games, with 69 starts over his four-year career. He was a two-time NSCAA All-American and finished his career at Virginia with 15 goals and 10 assists. “I’ve worked my entire life to get to this point and couldn’t be happier with the opportunity”, said Bird. The Union will continue the 2015 Regular Season against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday at 9:30p.m, broadcast on The Comcast Network.

CONCACAF also announced Thursday morning that PPL Park has been selected as the host venue of the 2015 Gold Cup third-place match to take place on Saturday, July 25 at 4 p.m. It is the first time since the 2003 edition that the Gold Cup will feature a third-place match and it will take place just a day before the Gold Cup Final, also held in the City of Brotherly Love at the Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets to all Gold Cup matches will be available to the general public starting on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. by visiting www.GoldCup.org.

Meet Union players Vincent Nogueira and Sebastien Le Toux on Monday March 16 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00P.M at Rally House in Collegeville. Attend for a free autograph and a chance to win an autographed Union ball!

Catch up with Head Coach Jim Curtin at his weekly press conference held this past Wednesday at PPL Park. 7.

Catch a great laugh at this weeks ‘Ask the Union’ as they discuss their thoughts on Planets. 8.

 

"In Union, there is strength." Via @reddit /r/phillyunion: matthew_klein

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Mar 10, 2015 at 1:53pm PDT

Weekly Motivation courtesy of the Reddit /r/phillunion.