Portland Timbers announce clubs for 2013 Adopt-A-Club Program

Club to provide mentorship for players, coaches at eight local youth clubs

Sal Zizzo, Adopt A Club, 2011

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers today announced the eight local youth soccer clubs to participate in the Timbers’ Adopt-a-Club program, presented by CenturyLink, in 2013. Through the program, the Timbers provide players to serve as mentors for the youth club’s players and coaches.

The Timbers, in partnership with CenturyLink, successfully launched Adopt-a-Club during their inaugural MLS season in 2011. Including the youth clubs selected in 2013, the Timbers’ Adopt-a-Club program will have provided mentorship for thousands of youth at 22 different clubs across Southwest Washington and Oregon in its first three seasons.

Among the exclusive Adopt-a-Club benefits, the participating clubs receive a private clinic run by the club’s mentor Timbers player, a coaching clinic conducted by a Timbers coach and alumni ambassador Scot Thompson, and on-field recognition of one selected youth player from the club at an upcoming Timbers home match at JELD-WEN Field.

In addition to the selected Adopt-a-Club participants, the five adidas Timbers Alliance clubs – Bend FC Timbers (Bend, Ore.), Eastside Timbers (Gresham, Ore.), Rogue Valley Timbers (Medford, Ore.), Westside Timbers (Beaverton, Ore.) and Vancouver Timbers (Vancouver, Wash.) – will also receive the benefits of the program.

A special meet-and-greet event with representatives from the selected youth clubs and the Timbers player mentors on June 17, helped kick off the 2013 Adopt-a-Club program, presented by CenturyLink. Each of the selected youth clubs were chosen from a large number of applicants.

The following clubs have been selected for the 2013 Adopt-a-Club program:

Youth Soccer Club

Location

Timbers Mentor(s)

Bridlemile Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Michael Harrington

Hillsboro Soccer Club

Hillsboro, Ore.

Jose Valencia & Dylan Tucker-Gangnes

Hillside Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Alvas Powell

Mt. Tabor Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Ben Zemanski

Milltown United Soccer Club

Beaverton, Ore.

Jake Gleeson

Portland City United Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste & Brent Richards

Southeast Soccer Club

Portland

Bright Dike

Westside Warriors Soccer Club

Beaverton, Ore.

Ryan Miller

The Adopt-a-Club program, presented by CenturyLink, is one of many community programs offered through the Timbers’ community outreach platform, Stand Together. The mission of Stand Together is to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. For more on Stand Together, visit www.portlandtimbers.com/stand-together.