Union, MLS Team Up to Help Soccer in Chester
Chester, Pa. (August 20, 2010) – Philadelphia Union are asking fans to join them in making a difference in the City of Chester. As part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, the Union are hoping to create a natural grass, full-sized and small-sided soccer pitch for the newly formed Chester City United soccer organization.
Launching today through Monday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fans can cast their votes up to 25 times a day and help the Union win a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to fulfill the project. The MLS team that receives the most votes will win the grant for their Pepsi Refresh Project idea.
Philadelphia Union first partnered with Chester Upland School District to bring organized soccer back to Chester Middle and High School and then partnered with various community organizations to form Chester City United, a soccer organization currently serving over 300 boys and girls. The next step is to develop a place where the children of Chester can play and learn the game of soccer. With the help of Union fans, 1,500 aspiring soccer players in the Chester Upland School District and the Chester City United team will have the opportunity to hone their skills right in their own backyard.
The Pepsi Refresh Project is a groundbreaking effort to foster innovation in social good that will award more than $20 million this year to fund great ideas that help impact the world. Throughout 2010, Pepsi will fund ideas that will move the world forward in six categories: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education. The Pepsi Refresh Project, which launched Jan. 13, features significant social engagement around people and the power of ideas. People are encouraged to submit their ideas and to cast a vote for their favorite ideas at www.refresheverything.com.
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union and is comprised of Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher Buccini, Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group. The group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park, the brand new $122 million soccer specific stadium on the Chester Waterfront, on June 27, 2010. PPL Park, the home of Philadelphia Union, holds approximately 18,500 seats and will host various events throughout the year. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.
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