Posted by: Sounders FC Public Relations
Monica Trujillo is Seattle's Community MVP. Help her become the MLS Community MVP Grand Prize winner.
Also vote on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MLS/app_331923733542349
- One Community MVP was chosen to represent each of the 19 MLS clubs
- Fans can vote from July 2-13
- Grand Prize winner will be announced during halftime of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park
- The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice, a trip to the MLS All-Star Game which includes roundtrip airfare and two night’s accommodations, a crystal award from Tiffany and official MLS merchandise as part of the prize package.
Leslie Andrews is nominating Monica Trujillo and this was her nomination:
OLE: One League for Everyone (http://oneleagueforeveryone.org/) is an organization in Redmond, Washington that supports low income youth soccer players. Through private donations, OLE provides reduced registration fees, uniforms, trophies and defrays all team expenses for low income children, based on the federal guidelines for free and reduced lunch. The goal is to fully integrate at risk kids into the local soccer program. Our community is challenging because it is a wealthy community- low income families absolutely live in the shadows. OLE will be supporting 300 children in the fall 2012 soccer program. Monica Trujillo is an amazing volunteer in this organization. Monica is a member of the OLE committee, an OLE parent and an OLE coach. She is bilingual but also has great empathy and compassion for families new to our area, new to English and new to Washington State Youth Soccer! Many OLE families do not have access to the internet, which is the database of our local soccer association. Monica organizes soccer sign up nights at schools with high numbers of low income kids- parents attend and she is able to clearly outline league expectations as well as troubleshoot barriers such as parent work schedules, lack of transportation- the emphasis is on supporting parents getting their kids to games and practices so they can support their team. Monica continues to be a resource to these hardworking families, once their children are placed on teams- Monica educates families as to field location, proper practice clothes, importance of water and game day nutrition. Monica has developed a trusting relationship with many of our OLE families, which has allowed them to be comfortable becoming part of a team. Monica has also mentored OLE parents, as they have stepped up to Coach- truly changing the face of Saturdays at our local soccer park. Parents are proudly wearing the colors of their teams- Mexico, Brazil, Chivas, Argentina, as they mentor a new generation of American soccer players. Monica is 'just a parent'; yet her passion for soccer, her passion for opportunities for kids and her huge heart have made a wonderful difference in our neighborhood- kids, who wouldn't have participated in youth soccer are developing confidence as leaders on their team- in a large part due to the patient communication and education that Monica is providing in the community! Monica is a hero and through her work with OLE, is truly moving our community to a more level playing field!
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