LA Galaxy to hold soccer equipment drive Saturday

Equipment Drive is the first of four collections as part of the Galaxy Drive Series

CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, July 18, 2012) – The LA Galaxy will be collecting new and gently used soccer gear this Saturday prior to the club’s game against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. That game, which is presented by Curacao, kicks off at 7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to help give the gift of soccer by donating gear such as jerseys, shorts, shoes, balls and shin guards.

All equipment can be dropped off at any Drive Series collection booth located outside each entrance of The Home Depot Center on the day of the match. Donated equipment will be distributed to children and organizations that assist underserved areas.

The first 200 fans that donate soccer equipment will receive a UnitedHealthcare Galaxy Drive Series player card autographed by LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and a cooler bag. Additionally, all fans that donate gear will be entered into a drawing for an adidas soccer ball signed by members of the 2012 LA Galaxy team.

Saturday’s equipment drive is the first of four similar events that the club will host over the second half of the 2012 MLS season as part of the Galaxy Drive Series, presented by UnitedHealthcare and sponsored by Macy’s, which is a community initiative where the Galaxy assist Los Angeles area youth and local non-profit organizations. In addition to this weekend’s equipment drive, the club will also host a school supplies drive, a food drive and clothing drive. The complete schedule for the Galaxy Drive Series can be found below…

GAME: LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA – Equipment Drive

WHEN: Saturday, July 21 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

WHAT: The Galaxy will collect new and gently used soccer equipment such as jerseys, shorts, shin guards and balls with all equipment being distributed to children and organizations to help grow and support youth soccer programs.

GAME: LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas – School Supplies Drive

WHEN: Sunday, August 26 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

WHAT: The Galaxy will collect new school supplies to help children start the school year with the tools they need for academic success.

GAME: LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC – Food Drive

WHEN: Saturday, September 22 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

WHAT: As part of Hunger Action Month, the Galaxy, UnitedHealthcare and Macy’s will ask fans to donate $5 or five non-perishable food items, such as canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats (i.e. tuna, chicken, spam), canned fruits and spaghetti to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.

GAME: LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake – Clothing Drive

WHEN: Saturday, October 6 – 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

WHAT: The Galaxy will collect new or gently-used clothes and shoes for the Union Rescue Mission, who will then distribute the items to children and families in need. Fans are encouraged to donate items such as coats, maternity clothing, sweatshirts, scarves, hats, gloves, socks and shoes.