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April 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PGCMLS: Nicholas A. Brown

(240) 687-5911

nicholas.brown@pgcmls.info

D.C. United: Zach Abaie

(540) 207-7931

zabaie@dcunited.com

D.C. United and PGCMLS Team-Up to Support Prince George’s County Families

Local Major League Soccer Team to Provide Online Content for Residents through Library System

Largo, MarylandD.C. United and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) have launched a new partnership to support all Prince Georgians with engaging online content to stay fit and engaged during the present stay at home order.

The partnership, a first-of-its-kind in Major League Soccer, features free access to bilingual English/Spanish workout videos for kids (Talon’s Workout Tapes), bi-weekly Ask Me Anything (AMA) events with D.C. United players, and bi-monthly virtual story time, #SaveWithStories, for children ages 2-8 through the PGCMLS website (pgcmls.info/DCUnited) and social media.

“Our friends in Prince George’s County have been wonderful supporters of our Club for a long time and their passionate community of soccer fans continues to grow,” said Zachary Abaie, Head of Communications for D.C. United. “We’re excited about our partnership with the library system and hope through our shared love of soccer we can provide fun activities and exercises to the families who have supported us for many years.”

The new content from the partnership enhances the already robust array of online library resources that PGCMLS provides, including eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and music, magazines, and dozens of educational tools for families adapting to virtual learning. The Library additionally offers a wide range of soccer documentaries, eBooks, movies, and training videos available on demand 24/7 through Kanopy, Hoopla, and Libby/Overdrive.

“The Library is grateful to D.C. United for their commitment to supporting all Prince Georgians with awesome workout content and opportunities for the community to connect with players from home,” said Roberta Phillips, CEO of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. “The team has been very proactive with supporting local community efforts during the health emergency and we especially appreciate their making soccer available to the large Spanish speaking community in Prince George’s County.”

For more information and to access the content provided by D.C. United visit: pgcmls.info/DCUnited.

About D.C. United

One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer in 1996, D.C. United are among the most decorated teams in the United States with 13 domestic and international trophies.

The Black-and-Red have won the MLS Cup four times (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004), the Supporters’ Shield four times (1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times (1996, 2008 and 2013).     

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. The Books from Birth and Ready 2 Read programs make the Library the primary source of early literacy education and Kindergarten readiness programs in the County.


PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.