September is pediatric cancer awareness month, and MLS and its teams are holding the fourth annual Kick Childhood Cancer initiative throughout the month to bring awareness to the disease and to raise money for cancer research.
During the month of September, MLS will "go gold," bringing global awareness to the disease. Going gold includes:
- Gold adidas Nativo 2017 Official match ball
- Gold corner flags
- Gold nets
- Special edition Kick Childhood cancer t-shirts worn by players and PRO referees during warm-ups
- Gold ribbon patches
- Gold captain's armbands
Also during September, MLS and its clubs will have special edition Kick Childhood Cancer apparel and merchandise available for purchase at team stores, with a portion of proceeds going toward cancer research.
MLS is also holding Scarftember during the month, and the league will make a donation to cancer research for every social media post which includes #ScarvesUp.
The Union will also be bringing awareness to pediatric cancer through its collaboration with Troy Cole, or Kickasso. Earlier this year, 15 children affected by pediatric cancer teamed up with 15 first-team members, and together they designed a special pair of cleats. Those designs were sent to Kickasso, who brought the cleats to life.
On August 25, those cleats were unveiled for the first time, and the team will wear the cleats during warm-ups for their match against Chicago Fire September 23, which is the team's Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night. After the match, the first-team members will exchange boots with the childre, so everyone can walk away with a memento from the night.
To learn more about the Union's Pediatric cancer Awareness Night, click here.