Ten U.S. Soccer Stars Drive Bigger by Joining Team Volkswagen and Supporting Nine Key Charities
Jun 29, 2020
- Volkswagen will make donations to soccer-related charities chosen by the players
- Players from US Men’s and Women’s National Teams have joined Morgan, Rapinoe as brand ambassadors
Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America remains committed to growing soccer in America, on and off the field. Today, 10 of the top players for the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Soccer Teams chose nine soccer-based charities to support as a demonstration of their “Drive Bigger” spirit that motivates Team Volkswagen and its brand ambassadors.
As the Presenting Partner of U.S. Soccer, Volkswagen has been working with the Federation in support of its mission to help make soccer, in all its forms, the preeminent sport in the United States by supporting efforts to increase participation, develop world class players, coaches and referees, and increase fan engagement around the sport. The players named to Team Volkswagen earlier this year join Women’s National Team superstars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe as brand ambassadors for the sport, part of Volkswagen’s drive to support access and inclusion for all.
“Volkswagen welcomes our teammates from the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, and we’re thrilled to donate to organizations that our athletes are passionate about,” said Duncan Movassaghi, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Volkswagen of America. “Building the game at the grassroots level while giving back to our communities is the essence of what we mean by Drive Bigger.”
"As a brand that has made strides to support the growth of soccer in the United States and empower and encourage young girls and women to pursue their dreams, I could not be more proud to partner with a brand that aligns with my fundamental values,” said Carli Lloyd, U.S. Women’s National Team co-captain, two-time FIFA World Cup Champion and two-time FIFA Player of the Year.
The players and the charity they have chosen for Volkswagen to support include:
Tyler Adams (MNT), Crystal Dunn (WNT): America SCORES, which uses soccer as an outlet to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and build confidence for a better future. http://www.americascores.org/
Abby Dahlkemper (WNT): Grassroot Soccer, which leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth to overcome their greatest health challenges, and be agents for change in their communities. https://www.grassrootsoccer.org/
Ali Krieger (WNT): Women and Girls in Soccer (WAGS), which has a mission of empowering women and girls from all over the world through soccer to realize their full potential, supports six unique programs that promote confidence, strength, character and leadership in a variety of ways. https://www.womenandgirlsinsoccer.org/
Carli Lloyd (WNT): The Women’s Sports Foundation, whose goal is to ensure that every girl and woman has the opportunity to unlock her potential through the benefit of sports and physical activity. It supports girls’ and women’s soccer dreams via community programs and travel and training funding and advocacy for gender equity at the professional level. https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/
Samantha Mewis (WNT): Hidden Gems, which connects girls who play soccer in low-income areas of the U.S. with professional athletes. The goal is to use the power of teamwork and soccer as an equalizer to increase young girls’ perceptions of their ability on and off the field. www.hiddengemssoccer.com
Weston McKennie (MNT): The Steve Nash Foundation (SNF), which works to increase access to critical needs, health, and education resources for underserved children. McKennie made his first splash with SNF when he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown charity soccer match in 2018—the youngest in the event’s 12-year history. Showdown and the annual SNF Charity Shield soccer tournament both raise funds for SNF’s community programs and services for kids. https://stevenash.org/
Jordan Morris (MNT): The Jordan Morris Foundation, whose goal is to educate, inspire, and support the lives of children with Type 1 diabetes. Soccer is used as the main vessel to achieve these goals. https://www.jordanmorrisfoundation.com/
Kelley O’Hara (WNT): The Kelley O’Hara Scholarship Fund, created by Kelley’s youth club, AFC Lightning in Peachtree City, GA, in honor of winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The scholarship fund aims to support two female players at the club to ease the financial constraints of playing at the collegiate level.
Gyasi Zardes (MNT): The Columbus Crew SC Foundation, which focuses on changing young lives in the Columbus, OH area through their many programs focused in soccer.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.