MLS News: Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy Named as MLS Ambassador for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
All-Star goalkeeper recognized by MLS W.O.R.K.S. as Humanitarian of the Month for September
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has named Chivas USA all-star goalkeeper Dan Kennedy as one of seven MLS Ambassadors. As part of the league’s “Soccer Kicks Cancer” initiative, Kennedy formed part of “Goals for St. Jude,” a fundraising and awareness campaign taking place Sept. 15-22.
“It’s an honor,” said Kennedy. “I remember growing up and looking up to professional athletes. Sometimes I don’t see myself like that, but I realize that kids respond to us. So I go to hospitals and see how bad things can be, and I marvel at how happy these kids still are when they’re fighting like hell. To give them a little bit of a distraction and a little bit of inspiration is an honor.”
Also named as MLS Ambassadors are Logan Pause of Chicago Fire, Mehdi Ballouchy, Shea Salinas and Jason Hernandez of San Jose Earthquakes, and Kenny Cooper and Rafa Marquez of New York Red Bulls. The seven athletes were named as MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarians of the Month for September.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the premier pediatric cancer research centers in the world. For patients with health insurance, the 50-year-old institution covers the cost of care beyond what insurance pays for, and for those families without insurance, St. Jude covers the full cost.
“It’s turning one of the worst situations a family can face into a situation that doesn’t compound with bills,” Kennedy told MLSSoccer.com.
Chivas USA continues its Western Conference push when it travels to the Pacific Northwest to face conference rival Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, September 8, at CenturyLink Field for a 1:00 p.m. PT match. The contest will be the third and final meeting in the season series. The game will broadcast on television, live on Prime Ticket in English and KWHY Channel 22 in Spanish. For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com. Follow the team on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa
About Chivas USA: Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.
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