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 2019 season focused on food sustainability, taking a closer look at the life cycle of food from beginning to end. The projects were located in areas where Atlanta United players work and live at and were mainly partnered with schools to educate students about the impact of food on our environment.
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 wore special adidas kits, 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 2019 campaign!
Green Day at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
Sixth graders from Marietta Sixth Grade Academy learned about increased access to fresh foods with alternative ways like urban gardens and the nutritional benefits of eating fresh foods. They also received food samples of a growable vegetable, kale, in tasty recipe from Atlanta United players Alec Kann, Kevin Kratz, and Romario WIlliams.
Land to Sea
In partnership with the Georgia Aquarium, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy-Middle School students learned how food packaging and waste (straws, plastic bags, cans, etc.) affects our sea animals. Students participated in a plastic decomposition activity with Atlanta United players Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Brad Guzan, and Darlington Nagbe. The girls also got to see the 2019 Parley kit and learn about its tie to the Georgia Aquarium.
Beecher Hills Elementary students learned about the benefits of local, organic produce and how to plant your own urban garden. Afterwards, the group helped plant seeds for the upcoming season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium community garden beds.
Chef Juliet Peters, Westside Culinary Director, taught two classes of participants and Atlanta United players Julian Gressel, Dion Pereira, and Miles Robinson about farm to table, organic foods and the benefits of cooking healthy. Afterwards, the class participated in a food contest to see who created the best organic, vegan, plant-based protein bar.
Don’t Be Extra – Compost To Save
Through hands on activities created by Corinne Coe from Terra Nova Compost, Beecher Hills Elementary students learned what composting is, what to compost, and how to create a compost bin with Atlanta United players Gordon Wild and Jose Hernandez.