Wednesday marked another successful Foundation Night at Subaru Park as the Union took on Charlotte FC in front of a packed crowd. The festivities included the annual Car Smash, a 50/50 raffle, and even an appearance from Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, who banged the ceremonial drum before first kick.
Amidst the action, the Philadelphia Union Foundation ensured the Chester community was involved all the action. At the game, 11th grade students involved in the iAM Project had the opportunity to shadow Philadelphia Union employees and take part in their game day responsibilities.
The iAM project is a Philadelphia Union Foundation program that supports aspirational high school students from low-income backgrounds in Chester to maximize their personal, academic and professional potential.
The night started with music from the Philadelphia Union’s gameday DJ Nico Oso pumping through the speakers as fans poured into the stadium. He detailed his mixing process to highschooler Jaydan Freeman, who’s love for music and sports matched Oso’s energy.
Soon after, the team’s In-Stadium Host Rach On the Radio conducted exciting pregame interviews on the big board, with highschooler Stori Burgos alongside her. Burgos serves as a speaker for her iAM Project Cohort, so when she was approached with the opportunity to help Rach on game night, she couldn’t contain her excitement.
Stori was decked out in blue and gold from her makeup to her nails, and her enthusiasm especially shined when she helped facilitate the Finish The Lyric challenge on the microphone at halftime.
“I’m really excited to be on the field, be around all of this. I really want to be in the entertainment industry, so this is a great place to be,” Burgos said.
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