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Chivas USA to Host Aids Awareness Night on Sunday Against D.C. United

August 27, 2010 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Club Deportivo Chivas USA News Release


The Wall Las Memorias and Chivas USA would host the fourth annual AIDS awareness night at the Major League Soccer game between DC United and Chivas USA at 7pm, to be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Activities to include:

* Lincoln High School Band to form a human AIDS ribbon during pre-game ceremony.

* ChivaGirls to perform an AIDS Awareness dance routine.

* 1000 Red Cards promoting HIV testing to be distributed to fans.

* 700 supporters to be in attendance including 300 who took an HIV test for free game tickets.

In Los Angeles County, Latinos make up the largest racial group impacted by AIDS.

This year, Chivas USA teamed up with The Wall Las Memorias Project to support an HIV testing initiative with over 300 people taking an HIV test.

Chivas USA players Mariano Trujillo and Michael Lahoud created history by taking the HIV test and sharing their experience with the community during the World Cup and National HIV Testing Week to encourage individuals to get past their fear and doubt, and know their status.

Who: Richard Zaldivar, the founder and Executive Director; Tania Rodriguez, Board Chair; Eddie Martinez, Associate Director; Mary Rosas, Senior Director of PhRMA Alliances and Access; Marisol Arenas of La Opinion; Danielle Mosher, Director of Erase Doubt Campaign

Participating agencies: Greater East LA meth task force, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, AltaMed Health Services, JWCH, East Los Angeles Women's Center, Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, Iglesia Luterana Church and Latino Family Center.

Community Partners: Erase The Doubt Campaign (EraseDoubt.org) and Chivas USA.

Why: The partnership between The Wall Las Memorias Project and Chivas USA is a joint effort to promote AIDS awareness and HIV testing in the Latino community of Los Angeles County. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the stigma surrounding the disease and promoting a healthy community through awareness, education and testing. This year, our initiative goal is to provide HIV testing to over 300 community members and generate awareness to over 15,000 soccer fans.

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