Soccer City, USA: Unitus is a Proud Partner of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns

Three-year partnership to include Rose City Readers’ Stand Together program and expansion of award-winning Dream Come True Program.

7/20/2019

Adding to their list of community partners working to make life better in Portland, Unitus Community Credit Union is now an official partner of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC.

“The Timbers and Thorns have been such an important part of Portland’s identity, bringing, joy, excitement, and inspiration to our city,” said Steven Stapp, President and CEO of Unitus. “While we stand in awe of their success on the field, it is their countless off-the-field efforts to improve our community that make this partnership such a natural fit for Unitus.”

Unitus is now a presenting partner of the teams’ Stand Together community-based initiative, Rose City Readers. The Rose City Readers program aims to magnify the importance of elementary-school-aged children reading at grade level and to inspire kids to read every day, through reading assemblies and classroom visits with Timber Joey and athletes.

“Unlike other sporting sponsorships,” added Stapp, “this unique partnership focuses on the power of both organizations to enrich our community and provide role models. As educators in the community, one of our favorite parts is Timbers and Thorns players visiting local elementary schools to help kids develop a lifetime love of learning. The impact will extend for generations.”

The partnership will be highlighted during each Timbers game for both English- and Spanish-speaking listeners. Unitus is now in the planning stages to adapt its award-winning Dream Come True program to host young children to unforgettable experiences at the new Providence Park.

The Portland Timbers are a professional soccer club based in Portland and compete in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Portland Thorns FC are a professional soccer club based in Portland that competes in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).