Comcast SportsNet’s Amy Fadool will emcee annual marquee event honoring Pennsylvania soccer’s “favorite sons” Bahr and Kozlowski
The Philadelphia Union Foundation will hold its annual “Cocktails & Cleats” gala on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Vie in Philadelphia. The gala will feature the entire Philadelphia Union team and Technical Staff and will be emceed by Comcast SportsNet anchor and “State of the Union” host Amy Fadool.
The Philadelphia Union Foundation is dedicated to the young people of Chester and the Greater Philadelphia Region. Character development, enhanced academic performance and nutritional education remain the focal point of the Foundation’s programming initiatives. Using soccer as a conduit for change, the Foundation reinforces character values of integrity, effort, accountability and pride.
Last year’s Cocktails and Cleats celebration was extremely successful, netting over $50,000 to benefit the Philadelphia Union Foundation.
The night will also honor Philadelphia’s own Walter Bahr with a lifetime achievement award, while Bob Kozlowski will receive the Foundation’s “Building Blocks” Award. The “Building Blocks” award recognizes an individual who has shown selfless dedication to the Foundation’s four Building Blocks: Community, Health, Education & Recreation in the communities of Chester and the Greater Philadelphia Region.
“The Greater Philadelphia region has such a long history with so many legendary soccer people like Walter and Bob,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “The Philadelphia Union and The Philadelphia Foundation are fortunate to be able to honor two men who have given so much to our city, our state, our country and to the game that we all love. We feel privileged that both Walter and Bob are allowing us to share their wonderful achievements on and off the pitch at our second annual Cocktails & Cleats celebration.”
Bahr is considered to be one of the greatest soccer players that the United States has ever produced. The long-time captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team and a member of the 1948 Olympic team, Bahr led the 1950 World Cup squad to a historic 1-0 defeat of England, which is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in sports history. After retiring from an illustrious playing career, Bahr went on to coach the men’s soccer teams at Temple and Penn State Universities, leading the Nittany Lions to 14 NCAA Tournaments.
“The Philadelphia Union Foundation is pleased to honor Bob Kozlowski as recipient of our "Building Blocks" Award and to recognize Walter Bahr for his distinguished service to soccer,” said Philadelphia Union Foundation Chairman Mike Curry. “The Foundation "provides opportunities for children through the power of relationships to offer transformational change.” Bob and Walter are wonderful examples of how generosity and commitment to helping others provides the fuel for transformational change. Their impact to soccer and our community are worthy of recognition and we are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate their contributions.
Kozlowski has been very active in the Pennsylvania soccer community for over 40 years as a dedicated teacher, volunteer and community leader. As president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame, Kozlowski is the originator and director of the organization’s “Coats for Chester” campaign, which has collected and distributed thousands of coats in the city over the past three years. He was the recipient of the Philadelphia Union’s Hometown Hero award in 2012 for his work in the community, and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame. His tireless efforts have made a lasting impact on a new generation of soccer enthusiasts.
For more information on how to become a sponsor or to register for this year’s event, please visit http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/foundation/cocktailscleats/sponsors
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union led by CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. The group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park on June 27, 2010. Since joining the MLS, the Union have faced off against European powers Celtic FC, Manchester United, Everton, Real Madrid, Schalke 04, Aston Villa, Stoke City FC and Mexican powers Chivas de Guadalajara and Pumas UNAM. PPL Park holds approximately 18,500 seats and has hosted various events such as the 2012 MLS All-Star Game, USWNT vs. China, 2012 Army/Navy Soccer Cup, 2012 and 2013 Big East Men’s Soccer Championship and 2011 and 2012 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships and the 2013 Men’s College Cup. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA UNION FOUNDATION
The Philadelphia Union Foundation is a registered 501c3 in the vision of Philadelphia Union, a professional soccer team that participates in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Foundation provides opportunities for children through the power of relationships to offer transformational change in the areas of education, community, health and recreation. It is our aim to have a positive impact on these children with respect to character development, academic performance and physical well being. Philadelphia Union Foundation will use soccer as a conduit for change by reinforcing character values of integrity, effort, accountability and pride. For more information on The Philadelphia Union Foundation, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com/foundation.