MLS and U.N. foundation host malaria workshop
MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative, and the L.A. Galaxy will join the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign in hosting a youth soccer clinic and malaria workshop on Saturday, Nov. 22 featuring Nothing But Nets national ambassador Diego Gutierrez (Chicago Fire), and Nothing But Nets star supporters spokespeople Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo) and Nick Garcia (San Jose Earthquakes). The clinic will be held at The Home Depot Center as part of the festivities surrounding MLS Cup, Major League Soccer's championship game. MLS Cup will feature the Columbus Crew playing the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, Nov. 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. at 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC, TeleFutura and CBC).
The youth soccer clinic and malaria workshop will give one hundred children the opportunity to learn about malaria and how they can becomeget involved in the global effort to prevent the disease, while also providgetting a chance to meet and practice soccer skills with Major League Soccer players.
Representatives from Makita Industrial Power Tools, who have joined MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the fight against malaria, will be on-hand to donatepresent a check for $100,000 as part of their commitment to save 10,000 lives through the Makita "Team Up for Nets" challenge. Fans from each MLS team were challenged to compete to save additional lives. Makita will donate an additional $5,000 on behalf of the LA Galaxy and their fans for winning the challenge. Approximately 2,500 additional lives were saved by MLS teams and their fans throughout this campaigninitiative.
About MLS W.O.R.K.S.
MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people. MLS W.O.R.K.S. serves as a platform for both league and team philanthropic programs. Specific areas of focus include health and wellness, education, respect, fair play, leadership, human rights and diversity with an emphasis on programs and initiatives directed at school-aged children. For more information visit the website at www.MLSnet.com/works.
About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, tens of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in May 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association's NBA Cares, the People of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $10 to provide a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.