Cardinals, international soccer clubs unite for children in Oklahoma

Cardinals, international soccer clubs unite for children in Oklahoma

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The playing surface of Busch Stadium has been transformed from a baseball field to a soccer field on May 22, 2013, as preperations are being made for a soccer game between Chelsea and Manchester City in St. Louis on May 23, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:16 PM

(KMOV) – The St. Louis Cardinals, along with Relevent Sports announced on Wednesday they are teaming up with both Chelsea Football Club and Manchester City Football Club to help the children impacted by the tornado that roared through Moore, Oklahoma.

“We have all been moved by the heartbreaking images and stories coming out of Oklahoma,” said Bill Dewitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Dewitt went on to say the St. Louis Cardinals’ non-profit foundation, Cardinals Care, has established a special fund to help the many children affected by the recent tragedy in Moore.

The Cardinals and Relevent Sports have pledged a dollar from every ticket sold to Thursday’s historic match at Busch Stadium will go towards the Cardinals Care fund.

Furthermore, the two storied English Premier League clubs will each match that donation.

Chelsea FC Chief Executive Ron Gourlay and Manchester City FC Chief Executive Ferran Soriano shared their thoughts in a joint statement.

“We are united in our commitment to help.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma.”

“We want to do everything we can to help,” said Charlie Stillitano, CEO of Relevent Sports.

“We are proud to join the Cardinals, Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC in this effort to help the children.”

While the recovery needs in Oklahoma are multiple and extensive, Cardinals Care established the Oklahoma Recovery Fund to focus on helping the thousands of children in Oklahoma impacted by the tragedy.

As the community of Moore begins the process of recovering and rebuilding, Cardinals Care will be working to determine specific youth-oriented investment needs.

Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations & Executive Director of Cardinals Care shared his experience providing aide for a disaster-stricken community.

“While the immediate needs are disaster response, our Joplin experience showed us the importance of being there for the community as they begin the process of recovery and rebuilding.”

“Fans can help with immediate disaster response needs, as well as with the longer recovery process,” said Hall.

Fans may also donate as they enter the soccer match during Thursdays match at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis Fire Department personnel will be collecting cash donations at the gates as fans enter Busch.

Fans are encouraged to donate online at cardinals.com/Oklahoma.

Additionally, fans can help with the disaster relief efforts by supporting the #STL4OKC donation drive. 

The donation drive was set up by St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, Mayor Francis Slay and community leaders to help the victims in Oklahoma.

Fans can donate batteries, building supplies, small hand tools, along with baby formula and pet food at a collection post set up outside Gate One at the Tums Parking Lot from 4 p.m. until the end of the soccer match on Thursday. Fans may also donate cash or use their credit/debit cards to donate to the American Red Cross relief effort at this location.

Following the events of the deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin two years ago, the Cardinals teamed up with The Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball players to assist the community.

Cardinals Care set up a special fund to help children of Joplin using money raised when the Cardinals hosted the Royals as part of the team’s Unite for Joplin series (June 17-19, 2011). 

Cardinals Care was able to donate $200,000 to four Joplin area charities working with children when team officials traveled to Joplin to build five homes as part of the Governor’s Habitat for Humanity Challenge last August.

As tribute to those impacted by the recent tragedy in Moore, the two storied English Premier League clubs will be wearing a commemorative black arm band during Thursdays match.

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The St. Louis Cardinals contributed to this report.

 

 

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