Major League Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2017 MLS Works Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo, and YESsoccer’s Chris Solomons is one of twenty-two candidates recognized for using soccer as a tool to make a positive change in their community.
Chris has been lauded for his work as Program Manager and Community Ambassador for YESsoccer in the Chicago area. In 2016, Chris put on 600 individual free clinics across 5 different states through the Chicago Fire Soccer Club's community program, equaling nearly 2,000 hours of free clinics and programs for over 30,000 participants. He has additionally dedicated free time to the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, as a volunteer for their P.L.A.Y.S. (Participate, Learn, Achieve, Youth Soccer) Program.
Chris’ journey of community work began on a trip to Africa as a teen, when he traveled to the country of Malawi to build youth sports programs from the ground up across impoverished communities. His time there allowed him to recognize the impact sports can have on a child by providing them with a safe, enriching, and positive environment. Since then, Chris has pursued a career in sports based youth development.
MLS Works, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for League and club philanthropic programs. The organization seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS Works has helped to improve the communities where we live and play our games by executing programs and campaigns that focus on cancer research and treatment, anti-discrimination, community service, health and wellness, environmental sustainability and accessibility to soccer.
The finalists for this year’s community engagement awards were selected for making a positive impact in one of the following areas:
• Social issues focusing on inclusion, diversity and equality
• Health issues affecting men, women or children
• Community service for a local, national or international charitable organization
The twenty-two finalists will receive a $1,000 donation for a charitable cause.
One Grand Prize winner will be announced during halftime of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Wednesday, August 2 at Soldier Field and receive a $25,000 donation for their selected charitable cause.
The Grand Prize winner will be determined based on the voting results during a three-week contest window ending on Wednesday, August 2nd at 2:00 PM ET.
Please vote for Chris by visiting the Community MVP Contest site (www.MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP).