PHILADELPHIA UNION AND CAPTAIN MORGAN TEAM UP TO HELP LOCAL COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORT AS PART OF MLS UNITES
Captain Morgan, Official Spiced Rum of MLS, Committing at least $55,000 to Philadelphia Union Foundation
CHESTER, Pa., (April 21, 2020) – The Philadelphia Union community is one of many across the globe that are currently facing a series of unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of MLS Unites, a league-wide platform designed to educate communities, entertain fans and elevate heroic efforts during the pandemic, and to show our love and commitment to the city we call home, our Philadelphia Union partner Captain Morgan has pledged a donation of at least $55,000 (US) to Philadelphia Union Foundation.
Coinciding with this week’s MLS Unites programming, supporting those in need, the donation to Philadelphia Union Foundation is part of Captain Morgan’s initial pledge of $500,000 (US) across the United States and Canada to assist local MLS communities affected by COVID-19. Captain Morgan is working with each of their nine local club partners, including Philadelphia Union, to facilitate a donation of at least $55,000 (US) to a charitable organization of the clubs’ choosing, and we couldn’t be more excited to have 501(c)(3) Philadelphia Union Foundation be the recipient of the donation. Each of the charities is focused on providing meals and relief to local COVID-19 frontline workers and community members in need during this difficult time. A full list of the organizations to which their donations are being distributed can be found here.
- Week 1: 1,000 lunches to healthcare workers to local hospitals.
- Week 2: 3,000 branded face shields delivered to healthcare providers across the greater Philadelphia area.
- Week 3: 2,500 PPE donated to healthcare locations.
- Week 4: 1,000 meals delivered to residents in Chester, PA.
- Week 5: 1,000 PPE delivered to local postal workers.
“The Union continues to be inspired by the heroic men and women who are on the frontlines of this pandemic and are fighting with them,” said Tim McDermott, Philadelphia Union President. “Now more than ever, it’s important to give back to the community that we love and call home. I am incredibly grateful to Captain Morgan for their support and continued partnership of the Union. Philly is stronger when we are fighting together.”
“Captain Morgan is proud and honored to be in partnership with Major League Soccer, and we remain committed to supporting this incredible league,” Captain Morgan, Vice President, Sam Salameh said. “During these challenging times, it’s important that we unite as a community and work to overcome this together. Captain Morgan is proud to be united with MLS and each of our partner clubs, in an effort to bring relief to our club communities across the United States and within Canada.”
For Union fans interested in getting involved in the relief effort, Captain Morgan will kick off The Captain’s Challenge on its Instagram channel (@CaptainMorganUSA) today Tuesday, April 21. The Captain’s Challenge will feature fans showing off their best nutmegging skills – that is, kicking a ball between someone’s or something’s legs. Don’t have a soccer ball at home? Feel free to get creative – a balled up pair of socks, a pillow, a roll of TP – almost anything will work. For those who live by themselves, it’s possible to nutmeg anything with legs, whether that be a table or chair. Captain Morgan will be taking select fan submissions and showcasing them alongside commentary from MLS legend Taylor Twellman.
For every qualifying video U.S. fans (21+) share to their public Instagram (in feed or stories) tagging @CaptainMorganUSA and including the hashtag #CaptainMorganDonation, Captain Morgan will donate $25 (US) up to an additional $50,000 (US) on top of the initial pledge of $500,000 (US) to assist MLS communities affected by this crisis.
The Philadelphia Union encourages all of our fans and fellow community members to join us, Captain Morgan and MLS to Unite for Those In Need. If you’re over 21, get ‘megging – we can’t wait to see what you’ve got. Please do it safely and responsibly: Captain’s Orders.
For more information on “MLS Unites,” click here.