Philadelphia Union Foundation and the Allstate Foundation have teamed up to form a new partnership focused on anti-bullying, the club announced. As part of the partnership, the Allstate Foundation donated $20,000 to the Philadelphia Union Foundation to help install a three-part plan that consists of a school refurbishment, equipment donations and a professional speaker series.
The two organizations kicked off the new partnership on Thursday, Aug. 13 by implementing part one of the three-part plan by refurbishing the STEM Academy at Showalter.
60 volunteers, including Philadelphia Union midfielder Ray Gaddis, and 13 Allstate agents attended the refurbishment project, in which volunteers painted the walls of the school, cleaned classrooms and prepared bulletin boards ahead of the 2015-16 school year.
For each agent that attended the school refurbishment, the Allstate Foundation donated an additional $1,000 to the Philadelphia Union Foundation. In total, the foundation received $33,000.
“The Philadelphia Union Foundation makes remarkable progress in the community and is an integral component of our relationship with the city of Chester,” Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said. “This generous donation from the Allstate Foundation will help the create countless opportunities for the students in Chester.”
“The Allstate Foundation believes in helping young people build the life skills they need to succeed in school, the workplace and as leaders for our collective tomorrow,’ said Julia Reusch, spokeswoman with The Allstate Foundation. “We are thrilled about the partnership with the Philadelphia Union Foundation and the positive impact we can have together on the students.”
While at the refurbishment, the Chester Upland School District awarded the Philadelphia Union Foundation the “Making the Difference” award to show their gratitude "for the dedication and unwavering commitment” that the organization has shown to the school district.
“I am truly proud to receive this award on behalf of the Philadelphia Union Foundation from the Chester Upland School District,” Executive Director of the Philadelphia Union Foundation Rick Jacobs said. "There is still a great deal of progress to be made in Chester, and the support that the Chester Upland School District and the Allstate Foundation have shown us is greatly appreciated.”
In addition to the classroom refurbishment, the Philadelphia Union will donate equipment for classrooms. The foundation will also organize a speaker series targeted at high school and middle school students.
For high school students, the Union will offer professional development speakers, with a focus on sports management. The speaker series for middle school students will offer strong anti-bullying messages, with speakers and fieldtrips catered for this focus.
Earlier in August, the Philadelphia Union Foundation offered a free soccer camp to children under the age of 15. The next event organized by the Philadelphia Union Foundation will be the River Cup on Sept. 19 in which the front office will face off against the Sons of Ben in a 90 minute soccer match in PPL Park. The River Cup will occur in conjunction with the Delaware County Brewfest.