Players' Advisory Council

The Players’ Advisory Council (PAC) is made up of current and former professional players and coaches who are dedicated to our cause and believe in the positive power of soccer.  This core group of philanthropic players assists us in educating others about the value of soccer as a youth development tool and helps us raise awareness of the impact that our work is having in under-resourced communities across the country.

Players’ Advisory Council Members:

Kenny Cooper
Landon Donovan
Todd Dunivant
Angela Hucles
Devon McTavish
Ben Olsen
Logan Pause
Cat Whitehill

Kenny Cooper

Kenny currently plays for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. Prior to joining FC Dallas, Cooper played for the New York Red Bulls and the Portland Timbers. Recently, Cooper worked with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to raise awareness and support for pediatric cancer research. In September 2012, Kenny Cooper was named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month along with teammate Rafa Marquez.

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan currently plays for the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.  He is actively involved in the philanthropic activities through the LA Galaxy and the LA Galaxy Foundation, including grassroots outreach events, clinics and more. His dedication to community service has been recognized extensively, including being named the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2008.

Todd Dunivant

Todd Dunivant currently plays for the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer. Dunivant actively participates in the LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy Foundation’s community initiatives.

Angela Hucles

Angela Hucles is a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Virginia Beach, VA. Her philanthropic efforts include serving as a spokesperson for America SCORES New England and as  an American ambassador for the Brazilian chapter of Partners of the Americas. Hucles’ service in the community focuses on enhancing life-skill education for young girls through the game of soccer.

Devon McTavish

Devon McTavish is a former member of D.C. United who has dedicated an immense amount of time serving the D.C. area and working for those with Crohn’s disease. Having Crohn’s disease himself, Devon has helped promote the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and other Crohn’s focused organizations in an effort to raise awareness and support for the fight against Crohn’s disease.

Ben Olsen

Ben Olsen is the head coach for D.C. United and has been honored as D.C. United’s Humanitarian of the Year numerous times for his community service efforts.  He has worked with D.C. charities including Coaches against Gun Violence, DC SCORES, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Street Soccer USA - a network of soccer programs for the homeless, whose mission is to use soccer for social change.

Logan Pause

Logan Pause is a member of the Chicago Fire and has been active in philanthropic efforts throughout his career. He has donated his time to charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Garth Brooks Foundation and the Joshua Center in Chicago. His efforts to mentor to local youth have certainly been noticed. In 2009, Pause was named the U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year and very recently became a critical part of the Chicago Fire Foundation’s outreach.

Cat Whitehill

Cat Whitehill is a member of the Boston Breakers and regularly volunteers her time running soccer clinics for underserved youth in urban areas. She is a well-known advocate of Title IX and has testified before the Senate in support of the law. Previously she served as the national spokesperson for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer United Recovery Fund Program, targeting areas of the Gulf Coast that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

 

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