The question was asked and the community answered.

Do you know a leader making a difference in your community?

One of the most important missions of Major League Soccer is to address important social issues and improving communities where their teams reside and their games are played. Twenty-four finalists have been named for building better communities, and one of them will earn $25,000 for charity. The Grand Prize winner, voted on by fans, will be announced on-field during halftime of the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at Exploria Stadium in Orlando on July 31. All finalists are worthy of the win, but I just placed my vote via Twitter for the Philadelphia Union representative Omri Gal, creator of Design FC.

Finalists were selected for making a positive impact in one of the following areas:

  • Social issues focusing on inclusion, diversity, and equality
  • Health issues affecting men, women, or children
  • Community service for a local, national, or international charitable organization
  • Sustainability efforts to create a cleaner, healthier environment

Philadelphia Union’s Community MVP finalist is Omri Gal, who founded an after-school program for 5th and 6th graders at Stetser Elementary School in Chester called Design FC. Throughout the course of the school year, Omri and Union midfielder Warren Creavalle worked with students to help them design their own unique soccer jerseys in which they expressed what means most to them, their families, their city, and what they want to change in the world.

Each Community MVP finalist will receive two tickets to a 2019 MLS regular season match in their local market, a trip to MLS All-Star week in Orlando, and a $1,000 donation for their selected charity.

You can participate by visiting and using the vote and Tweet buttons to cast your vote.