MLS WORKS AND SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES TO HOST MLS ALL-STAR COMMUNITY DAY AND MINI-PITCH UNVEILING IN HONOR OF 2016 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME

On behalf of the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS WORKS – Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative – the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and adidas will unveil a new mini-pitch located at Ocala STEAM Academy at 4:00 PM PT. The mini-pitch is part of the 20 for 20 Mini-Pitch Initiative, a commitment made by these partners to build 20 mini-pitches in underserved communities across North America. Each new mini-pitch offers children a safe place to play, while providing a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities, supporting the continued growth of the game. In collaboration with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and San Jose Earthquakes, America SCORES Bay Area will introduce Soccer for Success afterschool programming at Ocala STEAM Academy beginning this fall. Additionally, SNHU will award a full college scholarship to a deserving member of the local community as part of the dedication ceremony. Media are encouraged to attend the unveiling of the mini-pitch portion of MLS All-Star Community Day for content and interviews, including exclusive availability with select MLS All-Stars.

The full MLS All-Star Community Day on Wednesday, July 27 at Ocala STEAM Academy will be open to the public from 1:00 PM PT – 5:00 PM PT. Community members can enjoy carnival games and inflatables while local youth will have the opportunity to register for age-based soccer clinics administered by San Jose Earthquakes Academy Coaches. MLS sponsors will also support the event with charitable activations. Allstate is encouraging fans to donate new and gently-used soccer gear as part of its partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback program and will provide fans a chance to meet soccer legend Brian McBride; Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is giving fans a chance to juggle for charity through their KickStarter activation. Every dollar raised will be donated to the new Soccer for Success program to begin this fall at Ocala STEAM Academy.

Following the official dedication, the MLS/San Jose Earthquakes All-Star Community Day’s Soccer Tournament’s Championship Match will be played on the new pitch.

WHO: The ceremony will include short remarks from:
•    Jed Mettee, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, San Jose Earthquakes
•    Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation
•    Bill Hartglass, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Channel Marketing, Southern New Hampshire University
•    Zola Short, Director, Soccer Sports Marketing, adidas
•    Dolores Marquez, Board President, Alum Rock Union School District
•    Tracy Leathers, Principal, Ocala STEAM Academy
•    Emily Queliza, Director of Public Affairs, America SCORES Bay Area
•    Jeff Pope, On-Air host for Pope & Marla Show on Mix 106.5 (as emcee)

Special guests scheduled to appear include:
•    2016 AT&T MLS All-Star players
o    (Note: this will serve as the exclusive media availability for to be determined select MLS All-Star players during All-Star Week in San Jose)
•    San Jose Earthquakes Executives

VISUALS: Local San Jose boys and girls taking ceremonial first kick with players and executives. MLS/San Jose Earthquakes All-Star Community Day’s Soccer Tournament’s championship match will be played on the new pitch. 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star players will serve as celebrity coaches.
 
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2016│4:00 pm – 5:00pm  
  
WHERE: Ocala STEAM Academy
            2800 Ocala Avenue
            San Jose, CA  95148
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Media interested in attending the mini-pitch unveiling to conduct interviews or receive event photos must contact Al D’Agostino (al.dagostino@MLSsoccer.com).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Jake Pisani
San Jose Earthquakes
408-556-7774
jpisani@sjearthquakes.com

Kristin Lamas Patterson
Southern New Hampshire University
978-473-2979
k.patterson@snhu.edu

Kelly Clemens
U.S. Soccer Foundation
202-872-6651
kclemens@ussoccerfoundation.org

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adidas, the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play – Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit adidas.com.

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CHA Sports, the Foundation’s Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport’s full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit chacompanies.com

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DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation believe that participation in sports makes people better. Since 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have pledged more than $100 million to support youth sports teams and leagues in need.  Through our Sports Matter initiative we strive to increase awareness for underfunded youth athletics nationwide and provide much-needed support through equipment, uniform and monetary donations. For more information on Sports Matter, visit SportsMatter.org.

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MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our games by executing national programs and legacy projects, charitable giving campaigns, and undertaking various initiatives in underserved communities.

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As a proud corporate partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco is dedicated to helping the major charitable arm of American soccer create new opportunities through high-quality sports lighting. Their Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology is engineered as a system with lighting, structural, and electrical components designed to work together for streamlined installation and long-term reliability. TLC for LED delivers superior field lighting while eliminating glare and spill from impacting surrounding neighborhoods. And Musco’s long-term warranty covering parts and labor means U.S. Soccer Foundation partners don’t have to handle any maintenance on their system, or pay for it, for 25 years. Visit https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.

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Target announced a national partnership with Safe Places to Play in 2017, along with a $6 million commitment to build 100 new soccer play spaces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation by 2020. This is the latest initiative in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s multi-dimensional approach to the sport of soccer, bringing the game to more kids and families across the country, and unlocking access and increasing involvement at all levels.

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