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August 14, 2017

U.S. News

LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife Nutrition Donate $25,000 to A Place Called Home

The LA Galaxy Foundation recently partnered with Los Angeles-based Herbalife Nutrition to make a $25,000 donation to purchase laptops in support of A Place Called Home’s (APCH) Shaheen Scholarship Program, which provides free laptops and awards over $300,000 annually in scholarships and other support to up to 30 freshmen college students from South Central Los Angeles.

LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes and Herbalife Nutrition CEO, Rich Goudis, presented the check and distributed the laptops to APCH at their facility in South Los Angeles.

“Through our long-standing support of A Place Called Home and partnership with the LA Galaxy, we are honored to provide these motivated, college-bound students with a laptop to help them on their educational journey,” said Rich Goudis, CEO of Herbalife Nutrition. “We wish them all the best as they enter this exciting new chapter in their life.”

At the event, Gyasi Zardes shared his story with the college-bound students about the importance of education and the role it has played in his life. Zardes, 25, recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Zardes joined the Galaxy and ultimately returned to school while playing professionally in order to receive a degree.

The donation is in conjunction with the Joint Community Program partnership between the LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife Nutrition that aims to improve the lives of children living in the underserved communities of Los Angeles.

“When we send a young person to college to create a new legacy for his or her family and go on to change the world, we prepare them to do the necessary work to graduate and succeed. We are grateful that through the partnership with Herbalife Nutrition and the LA Galaxy Foundation, each young scholar from APCH will be equipped to excel,” said A Place Called Home Executive Director, Jonathan Zeichner.

For more than four years, the LA Galaxy Foundation has partnered with APCH and supported a number of different events and causes, including the organization’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, A Place Called Home for the Holidays toy distribution, and installation of a new multipurpose sports field.