Chivas USA goes green

The Red-and-White joins forces with local environmental organizations

Michael Lahoud recycling contest

Photo Credit: 
Olivia Cervantes

Chivas USA launched this week the second annual school recycling contest at Glassel Elementary and Castelar Elementary in Los Angeles as part of the club’s effort to support MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, “Greener Goals.”  Red-and-White defender Rauwshan McKenzie participated in the first assembly along with the ChivaFighter, Heal the Bay’s Bag Monster mascot and the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Ray mascot, while midfielder Michael Lahoud was present in the assembly held at Castelar Elementary.

“Our first year, we received a phenomenal response from the schools and this year, it’s no different,” said Chivas USA’s Community Relations Senior Manager Nadia Gonzalez. “Both schools are very excited with the contest and look forward to winning the grand prize.”

The unique recycling contest will challenge students, teachers and parents from both schools to fill twenty bins with recyclables, and will be judged on the amount of material collected within April 16-26. At the end of the contest, the winning school will receive tickets to a Chivas USA home game, an X-Box 360 with Kinect and gift certificates that will be raffled off amongst the students.

Last year, the club kicked off the campaign between three local schools that included Stonehurst Elementary in Sun Valley, Point Fermin Elementary from San Pedro and Loreto Elementary from Los Angeles. In the end of the contest, all three schools had collected over 150 recycling bins in a ten day span.