D.C. United to join in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service


WASHINGTON, January 17, 2014 — Staying true to its founding message of winning championships and serving the community, D.C. United soccer club will participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by working with City Year to help beautify Calvin Coolidge High School in Northwest D.C.

Over the years, D.C. United, which has won four titles, has been involved in numerous charities and projects in the D.C. area.

The MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative, which calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

“We’re excited to continue our tradition of serving on MLK Day,” said D.C. United Director of Community Relations Victor Melara. “This is a great opportunity to give back to those in our local community.”

Founded in 1988, City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to succeed. The public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools.

To learn more about D.C. United’s community efforts, visit www.dcunited.com/community.

John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times and other publications since 1990.

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