MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, announced details of the League’s breast cancer awareness campaign as part of Soccer Kicks Cancer, an initiative focused on raising awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment and providing strength and hope in the fight against cancer affecting men, women and children. All 19 MLS clubs will conduct one night of local activation to raise awareness and funds for the cause. The initiative began in Kansas City on September 28 during a game between the Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City.
Gatorade and adidas are both collaborating with the MLS for this initiative. All of the matches during the breast cancer awareness campaign will be played with a commemorative pink adidas PRIME match ball and players will use pink sideline towels provided by Gatorade during this time. Both corporate and broadcast partners of the MLS will also be supporting the campaign with field board recognition during select matches.
The players and referees will wear a special pink MLS W.O.R.K.S. ribbon patch on their jerseys, pink adidas sweat bands, pink shoelaces and several goalkeepers will use pink gloves to further support the cause.
MLS will be auctioning off game-worn autographed jerseys and special-edition pink match balls online at www.MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks beginning on October 15 as part of their effort to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment.
Select retailers throughout North America, including MLS stadium shops, MLSGear.com and MLSGearCanada.ca will be selling limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness adidas products including scarves, sweat bands, hats, t-shirts and replica balls. A portion of the proceeds from fundraising efforts will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the United States and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation in Canada.
The MLS clubs will be doing additional fundraising efforts in their communities, including in-stadium auctions and donating a portion of ticket sales proceeds, and/or hold recognition ceremonies for local survivors during the following home matches:
- Chicago Fire, October 27
- Chivas USA, October 7
- Colorado Rapids, October 6
- Columbus Crew, October 7
- D.C. United, October 20
- FC Dallas, October 28
- Houston Dynamo, October 6 and 20
- LA Galaxy, October 6 and 28
- Montreal Impact, October 27
- New England Revolution, October 20
- New York Red Bulls, October 6
- Philadelphia Union, October 6 and 27
- Portland Timbers, October 27
- Real Salt Lake, October 27
- San Jose Earthquakes, October 21
- Seattle Sounders FC, October 21
- Sporting Kansas City, September 28
- Toronto FC, October 6
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC, October 3
For more information on Soccer Kicks Cancer, visit http://www.MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks/soccer-kicks-cancer
For more information on MLS W.O.R.K.S., visit http://www.MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks