In a collaborative effort to combine sport and service and improve lives and communities at the grassroots level, Atlanta United will be participating in MLS WORKS League-wide Week of Service leading up to Earth Day.
Projects for the 2018 season focused on agriculture, farm to table food, sustainability practices, and beautification of green spaces. The projects are located in areas where Atlanta United players work and live at and are mainly partnered with schools to educate students about their environment in different aspects of lives.
In conjunction with Greener Goals Week of Service, MLS has collaborated with adidas to support Parley for the Oceans. During Week 8 matches, MLS players worespecial adidaskits, built of technical yarns made using Parley Ocean Plastic™.The match-worn and autographed kits were auctioned off with proceeds benefitting Georgia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation efforts across the world.
Click through to see how we spent each day during our 2018 campaign!
Atlanta United players Brad Guzan, Darlington Nagbe, Mitch Hildebrandt, and Kevin Kratz along with Blank Family of Business staff helped students at Parkstreet Elementary with their sustainability art project and taste testing centered around Georgia Organics and Food Corps vegetable of the month. Fifth grade students also heard from Atlanta United’s Head Chef Matt Finley on how he keeps Atlanta United players healthy off the field.
Mercedes Benz Stadium was the host for Tuesday’s projects. Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin hosted 60 Marietta Middle School students for the stadiums first ever sustainability tour in which the students learned about the initiatives that earned MBS Platinum LEED Certification. Later in the afternoon, West Nest Chef Juliet Peters educated a class of supporters, associates, and Atlanta United Players about sustainable food choices, healthy eating and environmental impact of locally sourced vs packaged foods followed by a taste test competition. While Atlanta United players Jeff Larentowicz, Alec Kann, and Sal Zizzo created some tasty dishes, it was team Tito Villalba, José Hernandez, and Julian Gressel that won the competition.
As part of the 2018 Week of Service and Atlanta United's collaboration with MLS and their greener goals initiative, Atlanta United players, staff and supporters spent the day volunteering at the Atlanta Humane Society. From feeding and cleaning to playing with the cats and pups, it was a successful day taking care of Atlanta's adoptable animals waiting for a home.
ATLUTD 2 players stepped into action to help students at Graves Elementaryre-plant for spring as part of the Capitan Planet Foundation’s Project Learning Garden Program. ATLUTD 2 has helped plant a variety oforganic seeds and re-build a chicken coop at Phoenix Gardens, alead supplier for Georgia Organics Farm to School Program.