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D.C. United and Captain Morgan Team up to Help Local COVID-19 Relief Effort as Part of MLS Unites

April 21, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - D.C. United News Release

Washington, D.C., - The D.C. United community is one of many across the globe that are currently facing a series of unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of MLS Unites, a league-wide platform designed to educate communities, entertain fans and elevate heroic efforts during the pandemic, and to show our love and commitment to the city we call home, our D.C. United partner Captain Morgan has pledged a donation of at least $55,000 to local non-profit, Martha's Table.

Coinciding with this week's MLS Unites programming, supporting those in need, the donation to Martha's Table is part of Captain Morgan's initial pledge of $500,000 across the United States and Canada to assist local MLS communities affected by COVID-19. Captain Morgan is working with each of their nine local club partners, including D.C. United, to facilitate a donation of at least $55,000 to a charitable organization of the clubs' choosing, and we couldn't be more excited to have IRS 501(c)(3) Martha's Table be the recipient of the donation. Each of the charities is focused on providing meals and relief to local COVID-19 frontline workers and community members in need during this difficult time. A full list of the organizations to which their donations are being distributed can be found here.

Martha's Table is deeply committed to protecting the health and well-being of the D.C. community and in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the organization is distributing more than 7,000 bags of groceries each week, focusing primarily on D.C.'s Wards 7 and 8, where there are only three grocery stores across both wards.

"It's wonderful to have such a committed club partner, like Captain Morgan, invest their time and resources for the greater good of our local community," D.C. United, Head of Communications, Zachary Abaie said. "We're confident the togetherness formed between this exciting and charitable initiative and the #UniteTheDistrict fundraiser led by our First Team players, will help Martha's Table to expand and extend its impact during this increased time of need."

"Captain Morgan is proud and honored to be in partnership with Major League Soccer, and we remain committed to supporting this incredible league," Captain Morgan, Vice President, Sam Salameh said. "During these challenging times, it's important that we unite as a community and work to overcome this together. Captain Morgan is proud to be united with MLS and each of our partner clubs, in an effort to bring relief to our club communities across the United States and within Canada."

For D.C. United fans interested in getting involved in the relief effort, Captain Morgan will kick off The Captain's Challenge on its Instagram channel (@CaptainMorganUSA) today Tuesday, April 21. The Captain's Challenge will feature fans showing off their best nutmegging skills - that is, kicking a ball between someone's or something's legs. Don't have a soccer ball at home? Feel free to get creative - a balled up pair of socks, a pillow, a roll of TP - almost anything will work. For those who live by themselves, it's possible to nutmeg anything with legs, whether that be a table or chair. Captain Morgan will be taking select fan submissions and showcasing them alongside commentary from MLS legend Taylor Twellman.

For every qualifying video U.S. fans (21+) share to their public Instagram (in feed or stories) tagging @CaptainMorganUSA and including the hashtag #CaptainMorganDonation, Captain Morgan will donate $25 up to an additional $50,000 on top of the initial pledge of $500,000 to assist MLS communities affected by this crisis.

D.C. United encourages all of our fans and fellow community members to join us, Captain Morgan and MLS to Unite for Those In Need. If you're 21 or over, get 'megging - we can't wait to see what you've got. Please do it safely and responsibly: Captain's Orders.

For more information on "MLS Unites," visit mlssoccer.com/mls-unites.


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