NEW YORK (July 31, 2014) – In celebration of the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, and Stand Together, the charitable initiative of the Portland Timbers, are collaborating with Portland Parks & Recreation to host the MLS WORKS/Portland Timbers All-Star Community Day presented by Wells Fargo on Monday, August 4 in Montavilla Park.
As part of the celebration, members of the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star team, including Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC) will join Portland Timbers CEO Merritt Paulson, Timbers President of Business Operations Mike Golub, and Major League Soccer Chief Administrative Officer JoAnn Neale to unveil and dedicate a new futsal court, the Portland Timbers Field at Montavilla Park presented by adidas, to the local community.
Continuing to foster an environment of reduced waste, recycled turf from Providence Park was installed as the surface of the new field.
Community members are encouraged to come out to enjoy carnival games and inflatables while cheering on more than 100 U-14 boys and girls from the adidas Portland Timbers Alliance Clubs as they compete in a round-robin futsal (five-a-side) tournament on the new field.
In addition to the tournament, children ages eight to 12 may register for age-based soccer clinics administered by the Portland Timbers Camps coaches. For more information or to register, families should call (503) 823-4101 or CLICK HERE.
Major League Soccer, through MLS WORKS, is committed to creating sustainable projects that support local youth programs and encourage healthy, active lifestyles. The new futsal court in Montavilla Park will not only serve as a lasting legacy of the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, but it also aligns directly with the Timbers’ mission to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the Portland metro area.
As the presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo will have 30 team members on-hand to help support the day’s activities. This volunteerism builds on the company’s deeper commitment to the Portland community, which includes over $10 million in support to schools and nonprofit groups across Oregon in 2013.
Monday, August 4th
Montavilla Park - 8219 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220
· 8 AM – 1:30 PM: adidas Portland Timbers Alliance Clubs U-14 Boys’ and Girls’ Round-robin Futsal Tournament
· 10 AM – 4 PM: MLS WORKS/Portland Timbers All-Star Community Day presented by Wells Fargo
· 10 AM – 3 PM: Age-based Soccer Clinics led by Portland Timbers Camps Coaches
· 2:30 – 3:30 PM – AT&T MLS All-Stars Unveil Portland Timbers Field at Montavilla Park presented by adidas
In attendance will be 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star team, including Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Mayor of Portland Charlie Hales, Portland Timbers mascot Timber Joey, JoAnn Neale, Chief Administrative Officer of MLS; Portland Timbers Chief Executive Officer Merritt Paulson, Portland Timbers President of Business Operations Mike Golub, Wells Fargo VP of Sponsorships Nick Carey, Director of adidas Soccer North America Ernesto Bruce, Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz.
Media are asked to arrive by 2:15 p.m. - Individual interviews with All-Stars and executives will be held following the dedication ceremony.
About Stand Together
Stand Together represents the relationship between the Portland Timbers and their fans, and signifies the strong commitment the team has to supporting and standing by the community both on and off the field. 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. Follow us on Twitter (@PTStandTogether).
About MLS WORKS
MLS WORKS is Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative 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. For more information visit the website at www.MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks or follow us on Twitter (@MLSWORKS).
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.