Rapids "Charity Shield" Match This Friday!

COMMERCE CITY Colo. (Tuesday January 26 2010) – The Colorado Rapids announced today details of the club’s inaugural "Charity Shield" match which will take place on Friday March 19 at 7pm MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
A change from the club’s traditional preseason "Burgundy & Blue Game" will see the Rapids create this new charitable match that will be hosted by the Rapids Community Care Foundation.
Proceeds from the match this year will be donated to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) to aid relief efforts in Haiti.
The model for the Rapids Charity Shield is based upon Charity or Community Shield games in England where they are a long standing tradition annually having the champions of the FA Premier League face the winners of the FA Cup with all proceeds going to charity.
The Colorado Rapids 2010 Charity Shield will be the first of its kind in the history of Major League Soccer.
The Rapids 2010 Charity Shield will also help kick off the club’s 2010 season and generate excitement as the Rapids approach their regular season opener on the road against Chivas USA on Friday March 26 at The Home Depot Center.
Tickets for the Rapids Charity Shield Match are priced at $10 for reserved seating $15 for club seats and $20 for fieldside seats and will be distributed exclusively through Flash Seats the team’s new paperless method of ticket delivery. This event will mark the debut of the Flash Seats technology at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Additionally TicketHorse announced that they will not charge service fees for this event.
Rapids Season Ticket Holders will be provided one free ticket per seat on their account for the match which they will be able to access through the Flash Seats system.
Project C.U.R.E. will collect first aid and hygiene supplies (listed below) outside Gates B and G from 6:00-7:00 pm to help with preparation for deliveries of medical relief to Haiti.
Suggested donations for Help for Haiti:
• Disinfectants / antibacterial solutions (peroxide)
• Hand sanitizer
• Masks
• Sterile gloves
• Bandages
• Wraps/rolled bandages
• Gauze and dressings
• Tape
• Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)
• Analgesics (Tylenol aspirin Advil) • Splints
• Diapers
• Baby bottles
• Baby formula
• Infant rehydration (Pedialyte)
• Personal care items
• Toothbrush/toothpaste
• Feminine hygiene supplies
• Adhesive bandages (Band-Aids)
• Water purification tablets
• Crutches
About the Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation
The Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation is the official charity of the Colorado Rapids. Established in July of 1998 the Rapids Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and since its inception has served as the #1 resource for Colorado's soccer community in terms of charitable grants while also supporting underserved youth by providing assistance for field building and educational nutritional and recreational programs over the years. The Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation builds strong healthy kids. Its goals are to eliminate child hunger and provide positive youth development opportunities in underserved communities.
About UNICEF
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries UNICEF supports child health and nutrition good water and sanitation quality basic education for all boys and girls and the protection of children from violence exploitation and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals businesses foundations and governments.
About PROJECT C.U.R.E
PROJECT C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies equipment and services around the world. PROJECT C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare to their communities. Since its inception PROJECT C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 120 countries.