LA GALAXY FOUNDATION AND THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE 2013 READING GARDEN CHALLENGE

CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, February 14, 2013) – The LA Galaxy Foundation, in partnership with Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation, is inviting Carson, Compton, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro and Torrance area elementary schools to participate in the 2013 Reading Garden Challenge, a joint initiative of the LA Galaxy Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation, to encourage literacy and highlight Earth Day. For the fifth consecutive year, the Foundations will provide a custom-built Reading Garden at a local elementary school, designed to give children an enjoyable, outdoor environment in which they grow a life-long love of reading.

The Reading Garden Challenge calls for schools and students (grades K-5) to focus on Earth Day (April 22, 2013) as part of their literacy efforts by reading (or being read to) Earth Day-themed books for 30 minutes a day for 30 days (February 14-March 15, 2013) and log their minutes. The school that logs the most reading minutes will have a Reading Garden built at their school. The second place finishing school will receive a visit by an LA Galaxy player and the third place finishing school will receive a visit by the Galaxy Street Team, Star Squad and Cozmo, the club’s mascot.

In case of a tie, the schools with the most Reading Garden Challenge reading minutes logged will be entered into a random drawing conducted by the LA Galaxy Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation. The winning school will have a Reading Garden built at their school by the LA Galaxy Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation.

Schools interested in participating are encouraged to review the challenge criteria and download the poster guidelines by visiting www.lagalaxy.com/community/reading-garden. All students who participate in the challenge will be awarded a Reading Garden Challenge bookmark or book cover. Past winners include Chapman Elementary School, President Avenue Elementary School, Stephen C. Foster Elementary School and Carson’s Leapwood Avenue Elementary School.

For additional information about the Challenge and how you can participate, please contact LA Galaxy Manager of Community Relations and the LA Galaxy Foundation Lauren Nowinski at 310-630-2224.

The Galaxy will open the 2013 MLS regular season just more than a week after the game against Colorado, on Sunday, March 3 when they host the Chicago Fire at The Home Depot Center. Four days later, on Thursday, March 7, the club will travel to Costa Rica to take on CS Herediano in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal. The return leg of that series will be played at The Home Depot Center on Wednesday, March 13. The best way to get tickets to each of these home games is to become a Galaxy Season Ticket Holder. Season ticket plans start at just $250 and include a ticket to all 17 of the club’s regular season games, as well as four bonus games and a number of exclusive benefits. For more information about 2013 Galaxy season tickets, please visit the club’s official website www.lagalaxy.com or call 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299).

— LA Galaxy presented by Herbalife —

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