From its inception, the heart of New Mexico United has always been community. Today, the team announced plans to take its commitment to New Mexico a step further - launching the Somos Unidos Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
“We are extremely privileged to have the continued support we have seen in the past year and half,” said Majority Owner and CEO of New Mexico United, Peter Trevisani. “Launching the Somos Unidos Foundation allows us to double down on our dedication to creating positive outcomes for all New Mexicans.”
In line with NM United’s mission, the Foundation’s mission is community transformation through art and sport. In addition to community outreach, the Foundation will house existing United programs such as the High-Performance Program, Community Corner and the Artist Series.
NM United’s Community Relations Director, Chanel Wiese, will now serve as Executive Director of the Foundation, and will oversee its efforts. Chanel - a native New Mexican - came to United from the Albuquerque Community Foundation and has experience in philanthropy, politics and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UNM.
“Now, more than ever, we see the importance of the community-first commitment made by New Mexico United”, said Wiese. “It is the honor of my lifetime to be part of something so positive and impactful to my home state.”
The launch of the soccer club’s charitable arm was made possible through generous founding contributions from Peter Trevisani and The McKinnon Family Foundation.
“I was born and raised in Albuquerque and still consider New Mexico to be my spiritual home, so it’s a great honor to partner with Peter in launching the Somos Unidos Foundation,” said Ian McKinnon, a Founding Partner of New Mexico United. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with all New Mexicans as we look forward to a brighter future.”
For additional information about the Somos Unidos Foundation, to find out how to contribute, or to connect with the organization, please visit: somosunidosfoundation.org
About The Somos Unidos Foundation
The Somos Unidos Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to creating positive outcomes for New Mexicans through art, sport, community, and unity. We believe that New Mexico belongs at the top of the positive lists, and the bottom of the negative ones. The success of movements like New Mexico United and Meow Wolf proves that our greatest resources are creativity, and community. Our mission is to create positive outcomes for every New Mexican. We aim to do so through community collaborations, programs that unify our state and by affording equal opportunities to every New Mexican.
About New Mexico United
New Mexico United, the state’s first professional soccer franchise, brings the most popular sport in the world home to the Land of Enchantment. Fueled by a passion for community, New Mexico United’s promise is to provide a platform that brings New Mexicans together for a unique sporting experience, celebrating the unity and excitement inherent in world-class soccer.
The USL is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications, and sponsorship. The USL has a national media partnership with ESPN, wherein all league matches are broadcast on ESPN+, ESPN3 and across linear channels. The league also operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that produces and distributes more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates and international markets throughout the 2018 season.