"Old man" Lichti nominated for MLS Community MVP

Vote for Lichti to win $10,000 donation to charity, represent Rapids at MLS All-Star Game

Loren "old man" Lichti makes a difference in the Colorado community. And because of that, he has been selected as the Colorado Rapids nominee for the 2012 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP contest.

Over the past month, fans throughout the League had the opportunity to nominate individuals who are committed to going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities, based on their efforts in one of the following areas: general community service; youth programming; environmental sustainability; health and wellness; education; military or civic service.

Lichti joins 18 other MVP's from each of the MLS markets as a local winner and now needs your vote to win a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choice and a chance to see the MLS All-Stars take on Chelsea FC in July.

NOMINATION BIO: Loren Lichti is known as “old man,” a term of endearment given to him from the young men who are a part of the Lost and Found Transitional Living Program (TLP). TLP prepares young men ages 16-21 to live on their own following their release from the foster care system or correctional facilities, by providing an opportunity for young men to work and go to school while engaging in pro-social activities. The TLP helps these young men develop the confidence they need to successfully navigate their lives and become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

Loren’s unique style and strategic compassion has made a remarkable difference in their lives...Loren is a husband, father, soccer coach, accomplished artist, Jayhawks fan and avid gardener. He is a student, teacher and coach of real life...Loren is a coach who understands that the true value of learning is in the journey. He understands that his players must first master the fundamentals of the game, which opens the doors for his players to begin experimenting with their skills and injecting their own creative style into the game.

Coaching soccer is more of a forum for him to share the lessons of life with young people. His knowledge of the competition helps guide young folks into the correct application of their unique skill sets so that they can play their position to best of their ability. Loren has helped many of our youth adjust their ‘game’ from the one that had them on their way to prison, to a life of success defined by being the best that you can be, working hard for what you have and living with respect for yourself and those around you.