This in from the league this morning…
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New York Red Bulls Midfielder Seth Stammler Named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year
NEW YORK (Monday, Nov. 8, 2010) – Major League Soccer announced today that New York Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler was voted the 2010 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year, and will receive a $5000 donation to his charity, Sporting Chance Foundation.
Stammler, a 7-year MLS veteran who hails from Gahanna, Ohio, is the longest continuously tenured player on the Red Bulls roster. A three-time Red Bulls Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Stammler is active in philanthropic and community efforts throughout New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and most notably Haiti. Stammler is being recognized as an exemplary role model within the community for his involvement in the Haitian relief efforts, for conducting countless soccer clinics, and for volunteering at his local YMCA and with Athletes for Charity.
In 2006, Stammler traveled to Haiti with Grammy Award-winning musician Wyclef Jean and then-teammates Jerrod Laventure and Jozy Altidore to donate soccer equipment to Yele Haiti, Jean’s charity. Impacted by his visit, Stammler established the Sporting Chance Foundation, with the mission to provide educational funding and potable water for the Haitian people. Stammler, who returned to Haiti last December – a matter of weeks before the country was tragically hit by an earthquake — has since focused his efforts on improving lives in Haiti.
Sporting Chance Foundation has successfully built a well that provides drinking water for over 9,000 Haitians daily and has granted over 60 academic scholarships to disadvantaged youth. Stammler, who is set to retire after the 2010 MLS season, has also organized the Cash for Work Program, providing jobs to locals Haitians who have contributed to the clean-up efforts in the wake of the devastation left by the earthquake.
MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Winners:
2010: Seth Stammler – New York Red Bulls
2009: Jimmy Conrad – Kansas City Wizards; Logan Pause – Chicago Fire
2008: Jose Luis Burciaga Jr. – Colorado Rapids
2007: Diego Gutierrez – Chicago Fire
2006: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution
2005: Brian Kamler – Real Salt Lake
2004: Chris Henderson – Colorado Rapids
2003: Ben Olsen – D.C. United
2002: Steve Jolley – MetroStars
2001: Tim Howard – MetroStars
2000: Abdul T. Conteh – San Jose Earthquakes