Major League Soccer announced today that New York Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler won the 2010 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Award for his charitable work in the Caribbean nation of Haiti and the local New York/New Jersey metropolitan community.
“I am surprised and extremely honored to receive this award,” said Stammler, the longest continuously tenured Red Bull who retired from professional soccer at the end of the 2010 season. “I want to thank the Red Bulls, the Sporting Chance Foundation board members, donors and sponsors, as well as my friends and family, for their support in my efforts. While I am proud about what I have already accomplished through my foundation, there is a lot of work to be done and I am committed to continue to aid the Haitian people to the best of my ability.”
A four-time team Humanitarian of the Year, Stammler founded and oversees Sporting Chance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) certified nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in Haiti – known as one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Stammler was inspired to create his own foundation after visiting Haiti on a six-day service trip at the end of 2006. SCF’s main aims are to provide educational scholarships and water wells that produce potable water for the Haitian people. Already, Stammler and his foundation have built a water well that supplies clean water for over 9,000 Haitians. In addition, SCF has granted over 60 scholarships to aspiring Haitian students.
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