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PRO shows ALS the red card

Nov 8, 2013

PRO officials recently took time out of their Playoff schedule to support KICK ALS!

The scheme unites all involved in soccer to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
ALS is the most common type of Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as Motor Neurone Disease), a debilitating condition named after the New York Yankees star who suffered from the illness towards the end of his Major League Baseball career. 
PRO official Ricardo Salazar is the driving force behind the Organization’s involvement, and he was eager to get his colleagues on board.
“We, as a team of officials, are happy to do whatever we can to help raise awareness for a fantastic cause,” Salazar told
“Little things like this [showing ALS the red card] just help humanize refereeing. A lot of the time supporters of teams and players see us as bad guys because we are making decisions against their clubs.
“We’re like a regular soccer team, in that we are all trying to improve when we perform each weekend. We’re honest with each other and sometimes the room gets a bit heated when we meet up.  
“But that’s the way it goes, it’s all positive competition and it’s great to all get together and give KICK ALS! our combined support.
“We’re hoping to spread awareness domestically at the moment. Hopefully we can do more in the future and make a bigger impact.” 
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