RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Sounders FC announced today fans are invited to participate in the selection of the 2011 Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year. Votes from the Sounders FC fans, Sounders FC Alliance Council and a committee from the front office will determine the winner. The three finalists for this year's award are Sounders FC players Taylor Graham, James Riley and Steve Zakuani based on their community outreach work and volunteer service.
"We are committed to serving our community," said Sounders FC owner Joe Roth. "What makes these three players stand out is the quality and quantity of time they spend above and beyond the community activities organized by the team. They have made an impact."
Fans are invited to visit the Sounders FC on Facebook to read the player's bio and watch a video with each player sharing their personal experience and impact from their community outreach. Voting begins on Wednesday, September 28, and runs through Friday, October 7. Each fan will receive one vote.
Fans can also vote using their mobile phones by scanning the Microsoft tag on the 2011 Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year posters located throughout Seattle.
The winner will be announced before the end of the regular season and will be eligible for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year award.