Philadelphia Union and MLS have partnered to recognize leaders in the community who are using soccer to improve the lives of others.
Union fans nominated Mikael Rumphrey who has dedicated his life to serving his country as the organization's Community MVP.
Rumphrey served the United States on several tours to the Middle East and worked the security desk to ensure the safety of his fellow soldiers.
Often times when soldiers return home, they struggle readjusting to daily activities, experience emotional trauma and encounter financial difficulties.
After he served, Rumphrey came home and joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help other service members in need transition back into civilian life.
The VA provides numerous services to American veterans such as health care, burial and memorial benefits and financial assistance.
With his love and passion for soccer and VA resources, Mikael has made it his mission to help those who sacrifice everything for this country.
Each MLS team has also nominated their representative, and from those 22 Community MVPs, one will be chosen to receive $25,000 to a charity of their choice.
Rumphrey and other MLS team’s Community MVP nomination will receive two tickets to a Union match, local recognition for their cause, and a trip to Chicago for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, including airfare, tickets to the match, accommodations for two nights, national recognition during halftime, and an opportunity to work with MLS WORKS on community efforts surrounding the All-Star Game. Rumphrey and the other Community MVP nominations will also receive $1,000 to a charity of their choice.