Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo announced on Friday the 27 Community MVPs that were selected this year for making a positive impact in their communities. Fans throughout the soccer community had the opportunity to nominate themselves or individuals who have gone above and beyond, including healthcare professionals, social workers, teachers, delivery & truck drivers, grocery store employees, first responders and many other essential workers to keep our communities resilient and safe.
Through the 2021 MLS WORKS Community MVPs Program presented by Wells Fargo, nearly $70,000 will be donated to 27 charities on behalf of each Community MVP, one representing each MLS club. Each Community MVP will receive a $2,500 donation to a 501(c)(3) charity of their choice, a customized adidas MLS jersey and an MLS adidas NATIVO 21 Official Match Ball.
Philadelphia Union's 2021 Community MVPs are Tom and Gina Kutchner who run a non-profit organization called Angels of Christmas that every year provides gifts and a holiday party for hundreds of local children in need in the Philadelphia area. They spend the year raising money with various fundraiser events such as a comedy night featuring local comedians. Parents who need help around the holidays can sign up and provide a wish list of the presents their children would want. Tom and Gina (with help from volunteers) buy presents for the kids, wrap them all, and then put on a holiday party for the families. Through Angels of Christmas, they also help pack and deliver food baskets to hundreds of families during the holiday season. Angels of Christmas was founded in 1995, and Tom and Gina have worked tirelessly for the less fortunate members of their community for over 35 years. They have been Philadelphia Union season ticket members since the team's first season in 2010 and have been loyal and supportive fans since then.
To see the rest of the honorees and learn more please visit MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP.