Philadelphia Union Launch Union Fans Assist Program

March 29, 2011 1:21:42 PM PDT
Philadelphia Union today announced the launch of Union Fans Assist program, a charitable pledge program that encourages Union fans to donate to one of four non-profit organizations when the club scores a goal or holds an opponent scoreless. The initiative will benefit Help Kick Hunger, the Wheeled Scotsman Foundation, Go 4 the Goal and Chester City United. "Our fans have consistently shown a strong commitment to helping out in the community, and we're confident Union Fans Assist will be no different," said CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. "Goals and shutouts were already cause for celebration, but now they're also meaningful beyond the white lines. We're excited to see the response from our fans and thrilled to be supporting four very worthy causes."

Union fans have the ability to choose pledge increments ranging between $1 and $50 for each Union goal and shutout throughout the 2011 season. The top overall donor(s) will be recognized at a 2012 home game as the 2011 Charitable Fan(s) of the Year, and the top 10 donors will receive a full-team autographed print. Additionally, every donor in the program will receive a Union Fans Assist Certificate of Appreciation.

At the conclusion of the season, donors will be invoiced for payment via check or credit card. 100 percent of proceeds will go directly to charity.

To make a pledge, visit

About the Charities:

Help Kick Hunger: Started by the Sons of Ben in 2008, Help Kick Hunger provides benefits to The Bernadine Center in Chester. The Bernadine Center provides emergency and supplemental food and supplies, as well as educational, spiritual and advocacy programs to residents in Chester, Pa.

Wheeled Scotsman Foundation: The Wheeled Scotsman Foundation empowers physically disabled individuals with the gift of mobility and independence by helping families with projects not covered by medical insurance, such as bathroom modifications, ramp building projects, and pool lifts. Go 4 the Goal: Go 4 the Goal provides supportive services to children with cancer and their families, providing a sense of "normalcy" while they "Go4theGoal" of returning to health.

Chester City United: Chester City United is the City of Chester's own club soccer team. Consisting of various youth organizations, Chester City United is committed to bringing the beautiful game to life in Chester and providing an positive social outlet for the area's youth. (Copyright 2011 Philadelphia Union. Reprinted by permission)

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