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Vote for Alan Bates as MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP

Look, I normally don't do this. But Major League Soccer's charitable causes umbrella, MLS W.O.R.K.S., is running a contest where fans vote for the "Community MVP". Each MLS team nominates someone doing great community work and the nominees are put to a fan vote. The winner gets $10,000 for their cause and a trip to the MLS All-Star Game. Some teams have been sleazy: Toronto FC nominated one of their employees, and the Portland Timbers nominated their own supporters' trust. But the Whitecaps have nominated a fellow named Alan Bates, one of the major figures in Vancouver Street Soccer (full disclosure: Vancouver Street Soccer is the chosen 2012 charity of the Vancouver Southsiders). I met Alan, briefly, when I was playing at their tournament in North Vancouver this past spring: he's an extremely nice, soft-spoken gentleman in that way which only people who spend hours every day labouring in anonymity to make the world a better place can pull off. There are a lot of brilliant nominees from teams that aren't Portland or Toronto on that list and a lot of causes that deserve $10,000. If you have a connection with one of those other causes then please give them your support. But if you didn't really have an opinion, or you're a Whitecaps fan who didn't know this was happening, or you just like what Vancouver Street Soccer wants to achieve, click the link, swing over to the MLS W.O.R.K.S. site, and feed it your name and e-mail address to support Alan and the great work he does.

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