Chivas USA Honored with Heritage Award

Red-and-White recognized for work in the community

Aquarium Awards

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Gabe Dahl / Chivas USA

CARSON, Calif (Monday, April 11, 2011) - Commitment to the community has always been extremely important to Chivas USA. School assemblies to stress the importance of reading, hospital visits to brighten young spirits, soccer clinics for kids from all backgrounds, and a “Greener Goals” environmental campaign are just a few of Chivas USA’s community outreach programs this spring. Last Friday the club’s efforts were recognized with a prestigious local award.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, hosted their annual “Noche de Estrellas” celebration on Friday night. The party, attended by hundreds of local familes and Chivas USA fans, featured live music, dancing, scavenger hunts, and more. The centerpiece of the evening though was the presentation of the “Heritage Award” to Chivas USA. The award was in recognition of all of Chivas USA’s work in the community, especially the team’s new “Greener Goals” environmental initiatives.

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Luis Rivera, Director of Community Affairs & Business Development at Chivas USA was part of the Red-and-White contingent on hand to accept the award.

Rivera said the club was very proud to receive the award, because it puts Chivas USA into a select group that includes "individuals who have dedicated their entire lives to studying and protecting our great planet."

Also on hand to receive the award were Tristan Bowen and Sergio Arias, members of the ChivaGirls, and the ChivaFighter. Head Coach Robin Fraser and several team executives were also at the aquarium, enjoying the festivities with their families.

It was a fun night for all. Bowen and Arias stayed late into the night mingling with fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures, and ChivaFighter demonstrated some of his patented moves on the dancefloor. The award was a huge honor for Chivas USA, but according to Rivera, this award is just the beginning.

"Receiving this award will only make us work harder," he pledged to the crowd. "On the field, we will work hard to give the fans what they deserve: great soccer, lots of goals, and lots of wins. Off the field, we will continue our work in the community, encouraging children to read, and encouraging them to participate in our "Chivas at the Park" events and clinics for underprivileged children as well as kids with special needs. Now with our new our new 'Greener Goals' campaign we are also doing our part to protect our oceans.”

Chivas USA's Earth Month campaign continues with a beach clean up this Saturday (register online here), and a “Greener Goals” themed game against the New England Revolution on April 30th.