U.S. MNT Raises More Than $11,500 for Disabled American Veterans in "Shirts off Their Backs" Auction
CHICAGO (Nov. 21, 2011) â€“ The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team raised a total of $11,633.19 to benefit the Disabled American Veterans organization with a â€œShirts off Their Backsâ€ auction held online from Nov. 14-21. The 18 players who dressed for the Nov. 11 match against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis signed their game-worn jerseys and donated them to the auction.
Just under 600 bids were made during the week-long auction, which ended today at 4 p.m. ET. Tim Howard, whose jersey sold for $1,436.19, led the pack with 75 bids. Clint Dempseyâ€™s jersey raised the most money for Disabled American Veterans (DAV), garnering $1,500. Each jersey drew more than 10 bids and sold for more than $300.
Proceeds raised through the auction will be given to DAV, a non-profit organization that represents the interests of Americaâ€™s disabled veterans, and their families and survivors. The 1.2 million-member DAV provides free benefits, counseling and representation for those seeking benefits and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal and state agencies.Â
In honor of Veterans Day, U.S. Soccer also wroteÂ a letter of thanks to veterans,Â and the team observed a moment of silence before the game against France. The U.S. lost 1-0 after a goal from LoÃ¯c RÃ©my. It was the first time the teams had met since 1979.Â
For more information on DAV, please visit dav.org.