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ASA to host Food & Water Drive with Whataburger to benefit the Salvation Army


If your club would like to participate in hosting a location please email Heber Valenzuela, ASA Director of Community Relations

Thursday, June 18, 2020 -- The Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) and its member clubs are partnering up with Whataburger to host a community Food & Water Drive to benefit The Salvation Army on Saturday, June 27. 

Non-perishable food items and water will be collected from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the following locations throughout the Valley of the Sun. Anyone who makes a donation will receive a coupon good for a free Whataburger, while supplies last.

  • Arizona Soccer Club (Gilbert) - Crossroads Park (off Greenfield between Warner and Ray)
  • Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club (Mesa) - Paloma Soccer Complex (off Sossaman between Guadalupe and Elliot)
  • Sports Docs (Tempe) - Location (off McClintock between Elliot and Guadalupe)
  • Juventus SC (Avondale) - Friendship Park (off McDowell between Avondale and Dysart)
  • Thunderbird FC (Phoenix) - Great Hearts Academy (off 32nd St. between Thunderbird and Acoma)

“Soccer has historically demonstrated that despite the worst disasters and challenges faced by mankind, the beautiful game has the power to bring people together for a common goal of contribution and support of those in need," said Heber Valenzuela, ASA Director of Community Relations. "Today, we are honored to join the Soccer United Against Hunger national campaign and to partner locally as a soccer community with the Salvation Army and Whataburger to respond to those not only affected by the current pandemic but also by the excessive heat."

The following items are recommended donations for the Food & Water Drive on Saturday, June 27: Non-perishable foods such as pasta, rice, canned soup and meat, baby food, and boxed meals. 

"The Salvation Army is blessed that the Arizona Soccer Association and Whataburger have collaborated on this effort,” said Major David Yardley, The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix Program Coordinator. “The generous donations of this drive will help us feed hungry neighbors in our local communities.”

This Food & Water Drive is a community effort to contribute to on-going nationwide Soccer United Against Hunger powered by United Soccer Coaches. If you cannot make it to one of the locations on Saturday, June 27, donations are accepted at

About Arizona Soccer Association 
Founded in 1974 as a non-profit, the Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) is the largest soccer association in the state with more than 45,000 registered players. The ASA provides recreation and competitive play, coaching education, parent education, health and well-being information, and TOPSoccer, the community outreach program. The ASA hosts Arizona’s most prestigious soccer tournaments every year: State Cup, Presidents Cup, and Adult State Cup.   

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has been helping Arizonans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services for more than 125 years. By providing food for the hungry, clothing and shelter for the homeless, disaster and heat relief, senior activity and outreach, adult rehabilitation, and opportunities for underprivileged children, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at more than 50 centers of operation across the state. Approximately 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support its life-transforming social services. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities,” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately-funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook @PhxSalArmy and Twitter @PhxSalArmy; #FightforGood #COVID19.