It’s derby week once again as FC Dallas returns home from a five-game road swing with the Houston Dynamo making their first MLS appearance at Toyota Stadium since March 17, 2013.
Not only is the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk a heated battle on the field, but through the Derby Donates initiative, it is now a way for both teams to come together and give back to their local communities. This week, there are three different ways that the FC Dallas Foundation and Dynamo Charities are getting involved.
First, through the “Every Save Makes a Difference” initiative and partnership between MLS WORKS, Allstate and Univision Deportes, for every save made in the Texas Derby, $500 will be donated to that team’s designated community organization. The FC Dallas Foundation has chosen Soccer Assist as the beneficiary for each save made, while Dynamo Charities has chosen Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley as theirs.
The second initiative is a friendly competition between each foundation. The losing team’s foundation will be donating $1,000 worth of soccer equipment to a charity in the wining team’s community. Should FC Dallas win, Dynamo Charities will donate equipment to America Scores Dallas. And should Houston win, the FC Dallas Foundation will donate to Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley.
Finally, FCD president Dan Hunt has personally challenged FC Dallas fans to show their support leading up to Friday’s match. For every tweet using #CrushTheOrange, Hunt will personally donate $1 to the FC Dallas Foundation, up to $1,000. We’ve made it easy for you to do so with the Tweet buttons!
No matter the result on the field, both teams will be contributing to the greater good of their local communities this rivalry week.
The Dallas hub of the non-profit organization Lionsraw is looking for teams and individual players to take part in the 24-Hour Soccer Marathon beginning at 11 p.m.on June 26th after FC Dallas' game against Houston and running non-stop until 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th.
This unique fundraising event works to raise funds benefitting both the Lionsraw organization and the FC Dallas Foundation. Lionsraw is a movement seeking to Create Chances for Change by harnessing the passion of football fans, enabling them to serve others at home and away.
The Lionsraw team is in need of 50 players that would like to take part in the soccer marathon for the entire 24-hour event. In addition, the organization is looking for 24 teams to each play an hour-long match against Lionsraw team.
This is it. The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final is down to Juventus FC and Barcelona FC, and we want you there to watch all the action on Saturday, June 6 at the Granada Theater in Dallas! Hang out with Tex Hooper and the FCD Girls, and enter to win prizes - all while watching the Champions League's best compete for the European Champion Clubs' Cup! This event is 21-and-up and doors will open at 12:45 p.m. for kickoff at 1:45. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information, visit GranadaTheater.com
The FC Dallas Foundation has partnered with Friends of Rob to sponsor the TX Shootout presented by AdvoCare benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund, which raises money to provide access to rec soccer to underprivileged young players.
SIGN UP for the TX Shootout benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund
Rob Harper grew up in Richardson, Texas. He began playing soccer at age 8 in youth leagues and went on to play for select teams, JJ Pearce High School and SMU. He loved the game and continued playing on adult recreational teams and served as a referee and youth team coach for many years. Upon his untimely death at age 52, Rob's former teammates and associates (Friends of Rob) were so moved by Rob’s memory and the impact he made on their lives that they have established this Memorial Fund to realize Rob’s hopes of helping introduce young kids to the sport of soccer who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
DONATE directly to the Rob Harper Memorial Fund
The TX Shootout presented by AdvoCare benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund will take place Friday, October 23 at Elm Fork Shooting Range in Dallas. Details for the event are as follows:
Schedule: Check-in at 12 pm; Competition begins at 1 pm
Teams: Four-person teams
Awards: Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
Entry Fees: $150 per player
Extras: Raffles & Silent Auction to be held after the event
All participants MUST sign a waiver of liability form on-site
Lunch, golf cart, score card and goody bag provided
Bring your own guns and ammo. Gun rental is available and ammo can be purchased on site
Click here for the Elm Fork Shooting Range rules and regulations
Sponsorships: The Sponsorship team deadline is September 15.
- Exclusive presenter of the event with logo placement with the TX Shootout logo
- Logo on promo give away + Assassin privileges
- Includes one four-man team
- Logo on the e-vite, event website, media release and onsite signage + Sure Shot Partner privileges
- Includes one four-man team
Sure Shot: $1,000
- Name recognition onsite as well as on the event website + Station Partner privileges
- Includes one four-man team
Station Partner: $500
- Logo at a station along the course
- DOES NOT include team registration
SIGN UP as a sponsor of the TX Shootout benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund
If you'd like to donate an auction item for this event, please email Melissa Reddick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: March 28th
Where: Toyota Stadium
Event title: FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders (Toyota Title Night)
The FC Dallas Soccer Tour got Saturday’s game started with a bang! As the west gates opened at 6:00pm, fans gathered around by the hundreds to join in on all of the fun before the 7:30 kickoff between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders presented by Toyota. With help from our sponsors, the tour was able to give away some great prizes including McDonald’s rally towels, TXU drawstring bags, Advocare mini scarves, and Toyota jump ropes.
When: March 27th
Where: Frisco YMCA
Event title: Red Frisco Friday Tour Stop – Frisco YMCA
The FC Dallas Red Frisco Friday Tour visited the Frisco YMCA on March 27th from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm CT. At this weekly event, FC Dallas’ own Danny Garcia stopped by to sign autographs and take pictures with fans and surprised gym-goers alike. In addition to the autograph signing, with generous help from sponsors, fans that came to the tour stop received prizes that included drawstring backpacks, mini glow in the dark soccer balls, FC Dallas key chains, and bracelets.
When: March 14th
Where: Toyota Stadium
Event title: FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City
Summary: The Mobile Marketing Tour visited the pregame festivities of the March 14th FC Dallas 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. At the second home game of the year, a large turnout of fans enthusiastically participated in spinning the prize wheel and shooting on the goal to receive prizes such as Toyota jump ropes, FC Dallas key chains, McDonald’s rally towels, and Texas Health Associates sunscreen. Stationed in the Northeast Corner of the Stadium near the Lamar Hunt statue, the location was optimal to have as much visibility for sponsors as possible as fans came in and found their seats.
When: March 13th
Where: Frisco Library
Event title: Frisco Library Promo
Summary: The FC Dallas Red Frisco Friday Tour visited the Frisco Library on March 13th from 4:00pm - 5:30pm CT. During our time at the beautiful library we saw hundreds of fans chomping at the bit to get a chance to spin the prize wheel and meet a FC Dallas team member. At this week’s event, participants that spun the prize wheel had a chance to win prizes such as glow in the dark soccer balls, jump ropes, sunscreen, and rally towels! They also had the opportunity to meet FC Dallas defensemen Walker Zimmerman. It’s safe to say that the Frisco Library has never been that loud!
When: January 24th
Where: Toyota Soccer Complex
Event title: Michael Brown Winter Classic
Summary: The Mobile Marketing Tour visited the Michael Brown Winter Classic at Toyota Soccer Complex on January 24th from noon – 2 pm. Participants in the tournament, families, and spectators alike were eager to spin the prize wheel for prizes including Cricket soccer balls, Texas Health sunscreen, FC Dallas pencils, and Toyota jump ropes. Soccer players of all ages greatly enjoyed shooting on the goal to attempt to win extra prizes from our Tour sponsors. The tournament was a great success, consisting of 199 teams from around the country, which provided a plethora of visibility for Tour sponsors and FC Dallas.
Mark your calendars! The date has been set for Cocktails and Cleats 2015 presented by Chase and the annual season kickoff event is returning to F.I.G. in downtown Dallas.
Details about the event will be announced in the coming months, but if last year is any indication (video below) it's sure to be a good time!