Late last year, first responders throughout Southern California spent endless hours over two weeks battling blazes that destroyed more than 100,000 acres, 1,500 structures, and displaced thousands of people.

For families facing the threat of losing everything, they were — and still are — heroes. Now thanks to the LA Galaxy, Los Angeles County soccer fans will have the chance to honor those first responders at the team’s home game against Philadelphia Union on Saturday, April 13.

In partnership with United Way of Greater Los Angeles, LA Galaxy is inviting first responders and their families onto the field where they’ll have the opportunity to watch the players warm up before they’re introduced in front of the entire crowd before the national anthem.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles will also be recognized on the field with a check from the team, representing a $15,000 donation made in November to the organization’s Disaster Relief Fund, which was created to support low-income individuals and families affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires. To date, the Fund has raised more than $2.5M.

LA Galaxy is offering a special ticket package for soccer fans who want to help bring even more first responders to the game. Using this link, fans can purchase two tickets for $40 and automatically gift two tickets to first responders from the stations surrounding the Galaxy stadium.

For more information about LA Galaxy’s First Responder Night, visit their website. And to learn more about United Way’s efforts to support those impacted by the recent wildfires, visit