LA Galaxy Foundation joins forces with American Heart Association to fight cardiovascular disease

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(photo courtesy of http://www.lagalaxy.com/)

(photo courtesy of http://www.lagalaxy.com/)

LOS ANGELES – The LA Galaxy Foundation and the American Heart Association (AHA) have joined forces through a yearlong collaboration to fight cardiovascular disease.

The LA Galaxy Foundation’s support of $125,000 will help fund cardiovascular health initiatives aimed at engaging young people in healthy physical activity, providing blood pressure screenings to women, and helping congenital heart defect support groups.

Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death among Americans, claiming the lives of approximately 787,000 men, women and children every year. The LA Galaxy family was personally affected by heart disease last year when Galaxy defender A. J. DeLaGarza lost his son Luca to a congenital heart defect only six days after he was born.

“We’re extremely proud and honored to help contribute to the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association,” said LA Galaxy Chris Klein. “This is an organization whose cause is very near to our club and we look forward to the working alongside AHA this year to help fight heart disease in our communities.”

The Galaxy’s sponsorship will also benefit the AHA’s lifesaving work, including funding innovative scientific research, bringing health education programs to children and adults in the community, setting science-based best practices for treating heart disease and stroke and advocating for policies that positively impact cardiovascular health.

“We are thrilled to work with the LA Galaxy Foundation and look forward to seeing the impact this collaboration will have on the heart health of our community,” said Tammy Rocker, American Heart Association Senior Vice President of Southern California.  “Eighty percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented, and strong, synergistic collaborations such as this are important as we work to empower Los Angeles to live healthier lives.”

Tomorrow, March 7, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., the LA Galaxy Foundation will host the American Heart Association’s HeartChase at StubHub Center, with DeLaGarza and his wife scheduled to attend. The event will involve several teams competing in interactive games and challenges that will take them around StubHub Center for the chance to be named HeartChase champions. Top teams will have the opportunity to meet DeLaGarza in a private meet and greet during the event.

Visit your local American Heart Association at www.heart.org/losangeles.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION-Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. By 2020, the American Heart Association strives to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%.  To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

LA GALAXY FOUNDATION-The LA Galaxy Foundation, the non-profit arm of the LA Galaxy, is dedicated to assisting the community in which the team lives, works, and plays. LA Galaxy players, coaches, alumni and staff spend countless hours giving back to the community at local schools, hospitals, fields, and events. The Foundation continually strives to aid organizations that meet its mission of supporting and creating education, health, and soccer-related activities and programs for youth in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information, please visit www.lagalaxy.com/community/foundation.

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