Major League Soccer & Charity

Every so often, we take a look at American Soccer’s charitable efforts.  We have looked at MLS W.O.R.K.S, Passback and individual team efforts.  With the ongoing crisis in Haiti, the great efforts by Seth Stammler, and the recent appeal of former Red Bull Jozy Altidore for aid to his parents’ homeland, we thought it worthwhile to take another look at some of the charitable efforts promoted by MLS and its players.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, MLS is promoting the national “Day of Service” that honors the former civil rights leader.  MLS is driving interest to the Day of Service through the WORKS program and the effort was the lead story on MLSnet on January 18.

At the same time, MLS is partnering with UNICEF to aid children impacted by the earthquake in Haiti.  Again through its WORKS  program, MLS is providing links for donations and service to the United Nations’ charitable arm.  According the the official website, MLS and the NBA are the two American sports leagues to partner witih UNICEF in response to the Haitian tragedy.

Finally, a special word about Red Bulls’ midfielder Seth Stammler and his personal efforts to assist the tiny island nation.  After a 2006 visit to the country with musician Wycleaf-Jean, Stammler started the Sporting Chance Foundation to provide water and academic aid to children in Haiti.  His interest in Haiti pre-dates the tragic events of last week, but in the rebuilding to come his efforts will be even more important.

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