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U.S. Soccer Foundation’s “It’s Everyone’s Game!” 25th Anniversary Celebration

Nearly 500 supporters of the U.S. Soccer Foundation came together at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles – on the pitch of Major League Soccer’s LAFC – Monday evening to commemorate the organization’s achievements of growing the game and providing youth recreation opportunities in underserved communities throughout its 25-year history.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration featured many of the women and men who have been a part of the organization throughout its history and supporters from the most storied soccer teams in American history, including members of the “‘99ers,” the World Cup-winning 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team. The Foundation and its supporters also used the 25th anniversary celebration to highlight the contributions of five national leaders who are bringing soccer to underserved communities nationwide.

“We’ve been honored to play a role in the phenomenal growth of the game in the United States,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Sport has existed for millennia because there’s a payoff for everyone who plays – not just those who make it to the very top. Mastery of soccer skills builds confidence and self-esteem. The game teaches teamwork and leadership. We look forward to the next 25 years as we continue to make soccer everyone’s game.”
Award Recipients

Visionary Award

Target has been a leader in corporate responsibility and community-building for years, uplifting neighborhoods nationwide by setting the bar for investing in communities. In 2017, the company made a $14 million commitment to youth soccer to bring the game to more kids and families across the country. This investment included the launch of a grant program to provide local organizations with funding for player and field equipment as well as training for volunteer coaches. In its work with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Target exhibits exemplary leadership and dedication to the Foundation’s mission to increase access to the sport in underserved communities. Target was the first to make a significant contribution and fund the creation of 100 mini-pitches with the Foundation, providing safe places to play nationwide.

Impact Award

Major League Soccer has been a leading force behind the growth of the game in the United States. Founded in 1993 as part of the U.S. bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup, MLS debuted its first season in 1996 with 10 teams. The league excelled in growing its fan base and today 24 teams play in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to growing the sport professionally, the organization has made a significant commitment to addressing important social issues and enriching the lives of those in need through MLS WORKS, the league’s social responsibility platform. MLS has invested millions of dollars for more than a decade to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of the sport in communities nationwide.

Game Changer Award

Founded in 2012 with its inaugural playing season in 2013, the National Women’s Soccer League, LLC operates the only Division 1 professional women’s soccer league in the United States and features the most prolific domestic and international players from around the globe. Guided by the league’s core principles, NWSL is committed to building on its foundation to promote women’s soccer in the United States and provide a home to the world’s top athletes at the highest level, while inspiring the next generation of female athletes.

Trailblazer Award

The 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team will forever have an iconic place in soccer. Aside from being one of the best teams to ever play, the team carved out an important place in sports history by solidifying a foundation for women in soccer. The sheer talent, energy, and determination the ‘99ers encompassed when they clinched the World Cup remains one of the single most inspiring moments in soccer today. Players from this historic team continue to find ways to give back to their communities, broadening access to the game and continuing to energize people around the sport. As trailblazers, this team has served as excellent ambassadors for the game and role models for youth.

Inspiration Award

The players of the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team have never disappointed. They will defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup title in France this summer. They represent the latest iteration in an evolution of greatness, with the U.S. Women’s National Team considered the most successful in the world due to their consistent high standard of excellence, three World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, and other competitive awards. The team has inspired countless young women and men to dream big and believe in themselves through a shared vision to increase excitement about soccer. Their impressive talent, combined with their teamwork and community engagement, highlight the best of this sport and showcase the critical skills young people can learn on the field and apply in their lives.

Platinum sponsors of the event included adidas, the Britton Family Foundation, Los Angeles Football Club at Banc of California Stadium, Major League Soccer, Target, Telemundo Deportes, and NBC Sports.

Maisha Simmons To Lead NAACP Foundation Relation Efforts

Maisha Simmons, MPA recently joined the NAACP as the Deputy Chief Director of Development/Sr. Director of Foundation Relations. Most recently Simmons served as a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in an administrative role supporting the management of team operations and functions.

“We are excited to have Maisha as part of the Development Team at the NAACP to lead our efforts in Foundation Relations. She brings to our organization deep and trusted relationships within the philanthropic community and has the passion and dedication to support partnership between the NAACP and the funder community,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.

For more than 20 years, Simmons has been dedicated to serving community organizations where she worked on issues like community violence prevention, early care and education, childhood obesity and youth development. Notably she led RWJF’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of young men and boys of color which was recognized during the Obama Administration through the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

“As one of the first Program Officers at RWJF to facilitate the relationship between NAACP and the Foundation I have seen first-hand the impact that can come from civic organizations in partnership with philanthropy to address some of the real challenges that communities face today. I look forward to continuing this practice at NAACP,” said Simmons.

Simmons is a graduate of Rutgers University and Baruch College and joins the Association as it restructures to better align its operations with the current political and civil rights climate.

Laura Harrier X Danielle Macdonald

Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) celebrates its 10th anniversary showcasing sustainable fashion. In honor of 10 years rocking sustainable dresses on the red carpet, RCGD is pleased to announce that Laura Harrier, from this year’s six-time Oscar nominated film BlacKkKlansman, and Danielle Macdonald, from the Oscar nominated short film Skin and Netflix’s acclaimed DUMPLIN’, will be representing RCGD at the 91st Academy Awards. They will be wearing ethical gowns designed by global fashion houses.

Each year the RCGD campaign has worked with internationally acclaimed designers to dress stars in sustainable formal wear for the Academy Awards®.

To qualify as a RCGD eco-conscious garment, each piece must either be made from sustainable materials, including organic, recycled or repurposed fibers. Other features include using hand-made detailing or incorporating natural dye processing, with a dedicated focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.

In honor of the 10th anniversary, this year’s sustainable criteria will be overseen by Good On You, a new partner of RCGD. Good On You is the world’s leading rating system on ethical and sustainable fashion to assist people in making positive shopping choices–all delivered through an accessible app.

“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since RCGD was born,” shares founder Amis Cameron. “It has been an incredible journey and inspiring to see how the campaign has grown every year. I am so proud of helping people become more aware of what sustainable fashion can look like and its impact on the planet. What we wear and the fashion industry has a tremendous impact on the environment—and people’s choices can move the marketplace and the climate change needle. From changing one of your meals a day to a plant-based meal, to wearing vintage or ethically made clothes, we can all make a difference. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and joining the green revolution!”

Suzy Amis Cameron is an actress, environmental advocate, and author of OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline and Save the Planet. She was inspired to create RCGD back in 2009 on her husband, James Cameron’s press tour for “AVATAR”. She wanted to challenge designers to think about fashion in an eco-conscious context.  Since RCGD’s inception, a variety of celebrities have represented the initiative at the Oscars, including Emma Roberts (Scream Queens), Sophie Turner (X-Men, Game of Thrones), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation, Jane the Virgin), Priyanka Bose (Lion), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Zoey Deutch (The Set Up), Camila Alves, Jake McDorman (American Sniper), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), and many others. To date, the brands who have partnered and supported RCGD range from TESLA, Vivienne Westwood and Armani, to ESMOD, Reformation, Swarovski, among others.

Proceeds from RCGD go to MUSE School CA, a nonprofit environmental school Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister, Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures smaller class sizes with personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future. For more information, go towww.museschool.org.

True Religion Appoints Interim CEO

On November 1, True Religion announced that its board of directors has appointed board member Chelsea A. Grayson as its interim chief executive officer, following former CEO John Ermatinger’s decision to retire from the company. As a result of that appointment, Ms. Grayson will step down as the chair of the Audit Committee but will continue to serve on True Religion’s board of directors.

“As a board member for the past year, Chelsea has been instrumental in helping True Religion evolve the brand,” said Gene Davis, chair of the True Religion board, “We are fortunate to have someone of Chelsea’s caliber and experience step up to lead the company as we continue to innovate our products and customer experience. In addition, we would also like to recognize and thank John for his incredible leadership and dedication to the brand.”

Ms. Grayson said, “As a Los Angeles native, I am honored to have been chosen to lead an iconic brand like Los Angeles-based True Religion. I look forward to continuing the momentum started with recent initiatives like adding Bella Hadid as a millennial face of the brand and our partnership with global sports juggernaut, Manchester United.”

While Ms. Grayson serves as interim CEO, True Religion intends to conduct a process to identify a permanent CEO.

Before joining True Religion’s board of directors last year, Chelsea Grayson was the CEO and a board member of American Apparel. She also sits on the board of directors of Delta Dental of California (where she is a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee), and the advisory board of Marca Global.

Michael Porter Jr. Pays His Dues

While Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. works to get back on the court, he’s found other exciting ways to help his team out. The videos below show a fun spin on MPJ’s rookie duties and how Autotrader helped him find the perfect car for the job.

Michael Porter Jr. Pays his Rookie Dues: https://www.instagram.com/p/Boys3IRBweU/?hl=en&taken-by=mpj

Michael Porter Jr. Pays his Rookie Dues: https://twitter.com/MPJr/status/1050356874321846272

Also, check out Autotrader’s newest feature, Accelerate, which saves buyers time at the dealership by helping them start their deal online.

PORSCHE WORKS TEAM

Introducing an all new title from Delius Klasing, Porsche Works Team, that illustrates the true nature of 24-hour races – the tension, exhaustion, and the dedication. World-famous photographer, Frank Kayser followed the Porsche team for three years, detailing a world previously unseen by outsiders.

Kayser and his team were allowed where other press photographers were not: in the pit, in the pit lane during the change of tries and drivers, and in the closed off areas of the racers quarters. Every photo in this book shows the stress, the top performance, the eternal night and the success of perfection.

A special signed edition of the book, limited to 99 copies is also available for sale.

Book Available here