If you love pro sports as well as supporting our community, you’ll definitely want to circle Friday, September 13th on your calendar. That’s the date that the Birmingham Legion FC, our new pro soccer team, has designated as United Way Community Day. The team, which is on an amazing winning streak as of this writing, will play the club from St. Louis that night at 7 p.m. at BBVA Field, located at 8th Avenue South and 11th Street on the campus of UAB. As a bonus to what promises to be a fun evening and a great match, a portion of the proceeds from online ticket sales will go to United Way of Central Alabama when you use promo code “UWCA.”
What’s United Way Community Day all about? It’s a way for the Birmingham Legion to say and demonstrate how glad it is to be part of this place we all call home. The team’s intention is not for the players to simply be passing through, but to be fully integrated into everyday life in and around Birmingham. And that includes volunteering, doing good deeds to help others and making this an even better place for us all to live, learn, work and play.
Doug Hicks, Executive Vice President of Birmingham Legion FC said that the Legion players, who come from eight different countries, were individually selected as much for their strength of character as for their skills on the field.
“We wanted this club to be a face not only for what Birmingham is about, but to be a source of inspiration and unity amongst the people of Birmingham,” said Doug. “We look to be a community asset and something that can bring people together for a better Birmingham. Our guys came here because they believe in what we’re doing. They’re in your grocery stores, they’re in your churches, they’re coaching youth teams and helping out at schools. They are a part of this community.”
Doug explained that now, in order to take the team’s outreach efforts to the next level, the Legion has turned to UWCA. “We knew we could use some of our strengths to bring good to the community, but we didn’t necessarily have the resources to do it ourselves, so we sought out United Way.” As a result, players have visited with several United Way partner agencies and directly engaged with numerous children on the field…all while planning this special event to celebrate community spirit, Living United and, hopefully, another notch in the win column for the team when it faces St. Louis on September 13th.
The team is currently on track to make the United Soccer League (USL) playoffs, and is just ahead of St. Louis in the standings. “It’s a really important game,” said Doug. “We’re going to need all the support we can get!”
So Hammer Down. Live United. And get your tickets here!