MLS W.O.R.K.S., Real Salt Lake To Co-Host Malaria Awareness Workshop, Youth Soccer Clinic
SANDY, Utah (Thursday, July 23, 2009) - MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative, and Real Salt Lake will join the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign in hosting a youth soccer clinic and malaria workshop on Monday, July 27 featuring Real Salt Lake players Robbie Russell and Jean Alexandre. The clinic will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium as part of the festivities surrounding the 2009 MLS All-Star Game. The 2009 MLS All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium - home of Real Salt Lake - in Sandy, Utah when the MLS All-Stars play Everton FC of the English Premier League. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The malaria workshop and youth soccer clinic conducted by Real Salt Lake Camps will give 50 children the opportunity to learn about malaria and how they can become involved in the global effort to prevent the disease, while also providing a chance to meet and practice soccer skills with Major League Soccer players.
In year three of the partnership, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Nothing But Nets will engage MLS players, clubs and fans throughout the League to help the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United Nations Foundation and the Nothing But Nets campaign to protect more than one million refugees in 15 countries in Africa from malaria.
The soccer clinic and malaria workshop will provide an excellent still photo and video opportunity for journalists. For more information about the clinic please contact Sean Dennison with MLS Communications at (917) 658-4159.
WHAT: Youth Soccer Clinic and Malaria Workshop
WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2009
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: Rio Tinto Stadium - East Lawn
9256 South State St.
Sandy UT, 84070
WHO: Real Salt Lake's Robbie Russell and Jean Alexandre
50 children from local community programs
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. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader in America for improving the lives of people through sport. 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.
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