This just in from the Vancouver Whitecaps:
Whitecaps FC are proud to announce that the club has selected Steve McMinn for the 2015 MLS WORKS Community MVP contest. Steve is a dedicated volunteer at Covenant House Vancouver and Vancouver Street Soccer League, two community partners of the club.
The MLS WORKS Community MVP contest is a league-wide contest that acknowledges someone who is committed to making a difference in their local community. The winner receives $10,000 to give to the charity of their choice and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Denver, Colorado on July 29, 2015.
For being selected as Whitecaps FC’s Community MVP, Steve has already won $1,000 for the charity of his choice — Covenant House Vancouver. If Steve receives the most votes as a Community MVP, an additional $10,000 will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver.
League-wide voting opens today, July 10 and closes on July 29. There are no limitations on the number of times one person can vote.
Show your support for Whitecaps FC’s Community MVP by voting now!
Covenant House provides shelter and services to more than 1,500 homeless youth in Vancouver. Steve has been volunteering at Covenant House since 2011 in a number of roles, most notably as a soccer coach for the recreation program.
‘Coach Steve,’ as the youth call him, has played a key part in growing Covenant House’s soccer program. Before Steve stepped in, the soccer program only had four players. Thanks to Steve’s efforts and leadership, the program now has enough players for two full teams. Steve has successfully engaged many street-involved youth in the soccer program, while working to show them the importance of teamwork and determination.
For the past two years, Whitecaps FC has won the league-wide MLS WORKS Community MVP contest with Bobby Samra and Bill Yoachim, who also used soccer as a tool for bettering the community. Together, the two winners have donated $30,000 to their respective charities of choice, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Hope and Health.
The ‘Caps are hoping to continue the winning streak! We would like to recognize Steve McMinn for promoting goodwill, demonstrating leadership qualities and using soccer as a tool to help to improve the lives of youth within our community.