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U.S. Soccer teams with Volkswagen to support 9 charities

Volkswagen is upping its commitment to U.S. Soccer.

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Volkswagen is committing to growing the sport of soccer on and off the field. The company has partnered with 10 of the sport's top U.S. players to support charities as part of the company's "Drive Bigger" campaign.

All the partners are members of the U.S. Women's and Men's National Soccer Teams and join Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe as brand ambassadors for the sport as part of Team Volkswagen.

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"Volkswagen welcomes our teammates from the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams, and we're thrilled to donate to organizations that our athletes are passionate about," said Duncan Movassaghi, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Volkswagen of America. "Building the game at the grassroots level while giving back to our communities is the essence of what we mean by Drive Bigger."

The players and the charity they have chosen for Volkswagen to support include:

Tyler Adams (MNT), Crystal Dunn (WNT): America SCORES, which uses soccer as an outlet to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and build confidence for a better future.

Abby Dahlkemper (WNT): Grassroot Soccer, which leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth to overcome their greatest health challenges, and be agents for change in their communities.

Ali Krieger (WNT): Women and Girls in Soccer (WAGS), which has a mission of empowering women and girls from all over the world through soccer to realize their full potential, supports six unique programs that promote confidence, strength, character and leadership in a variety of ways.

Carli Lloyd (WNT): The Women's Sports Foundation, whose goal is to ensure that every girl and woman has the opportunity to unlock her potential through the benefit of sports and physical activity. It supports girls' and women's soccer dreams via community programs and travel and training funding and advocacy for gender equity at the professional level.

Samantha Mewis (WNT): Hidden Gems, which connects girls who play soccer in low-income areas of the U.S. with professional athletes. The goal is to use the power of teamwork and soccer as an equalizer to increase young girls' perceptions of their ability on and off the field.

Weston McKennie (MNT): The Steve Nash Foundation (SNF), which works to increase access to critical needs, health, and education resources for underserved children. McKennie made his first splash with SNF when he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown charity soccer match in 2018—the youngest in the event's 12-year history. Showdown and the annual SNF Charity Shield soccer tournament both raise funds for SNF's community programs and services for kids.

Jordan Morris (MNT): The Jordan Morris Foundation, whose goal is to educate, inspire, and support the lives of children with Type 1 diabetes. Soccer is used as the main vessel to achieve these goals.

Kelley O'Hara (WNT): The Kelley O'Hara Scholarship Fund, created by Kelley's youth club, AFC Lightning in Peachtree City, GA, in honor of winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The scholarship fund aims to support two female players at the club to ease the financial constraints of playing at the collegiate level.

Gyasi Zardes (MNT): The Columbus Crew SC Foundation, which focuses on changing young lives in the Columbus, OH area through their many programs focused in soccer.

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WWE logos are shown on screens before a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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They're used to taking it to the mat, but this autumn, the stars of the WWE will be taking to the internet as part of a partnership with Hyundai to produce a 10-episode video series that features storytelling centered around the passion for enriching people's lives. "Drive For Better" will appear on WWE's digital platforms throughout the second half of the year.

"As an official sponsor of WWE, we are excited to be working together to share the personal stories of the Superstars and help put a smile on people's faces," said Angela Zepeda, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. "We both believe everyone deserves better and this series is representative of that."

"WWE and Hyundai's shared passion for supporting local communities truly makes this a rewarding partnership," said John Brody, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Sales & Partnerships, WWE. "We are extremely grateful to Hyundai for their commitment and hope this series will inspire people across the country at a time when it's needed most."

The first episode of the series features WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and his recent virtual visit with patients at the Children's Hospital of Orange County. It debuted in July and is posted on WWE's digital platforms and the Superstars' social media channels along with other episodes in the series.

The series is part of a larger partnership between Hyundai and WWE. The two brands have delivered custom content integrations across WWE's global media platforms throughout 2020. Hyundai is also the Co-Presenting Partner of WWE Clash of Champions on Sunday, September 27 and will receive weekly exposure in Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown programming throughout the month of September.

In addition to the episodic programming, the partnership will work to promote Hyundai Hope On Wheels during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a charitable organization that recently provided millions of dollars in grants to aid with COVID-19 testing.

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The 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition features a thermal orange paint job that it shares with the Acura NSX.

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Acura will make a PMC Edition of its best-selling RDX for the 2021 model year. The move comes following successful PMC Edition iterations of the TLX and MDX and forecasts a design change is in the RDX's future.

Named after Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition will be hand-crafted alongside the Acura NSX by master technicians. Just 360 of the range-topping RDX PMC Edition models will be made and carry a sticker price in the low $50,000s. Exact pricing will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Acura has given each of the North American market-exclusive models a Thermal Orange Pearl paint job - a color shared with the NSX.

It builds on the top-of-the-line RDX, which includes the RDX Advance Package and RDX A-Spec styling. The model gets exclusive black 20-inch alloy wheels, a body color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, and a gloss black roof, side mirrors, and door handles. All-wheel drive is standard.

Acura has pushed the orange color to the cabin where it appears as color-matched orange stitching for the seats, center console, door panels, steering wheel, and floor mats. The RDX PMC edition features a 10.5-inch color head-up display, 16-way power Sport Seats trimmed in Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede, heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

Like the NSX, each RDX PMC Edition will be built and handled with care. It starts as a body-in-white shell that arrives at PMC to be finished in its orange paint via a robotic paint system. Multiple base coats enhance the paint's intensity. Next ,a mid-coat of gold and orange mica is applied giving off a pearlescent effect in the sunlight. Finally, four layers of clearcoat are applied to increase the paint's luster and protect the finish. The total time in paint, including curing, is five days.

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Post-paint, PMC master technicians begin hand-assembling the two-row SUV starting with the installation of the drivetrains and chassis components, wiring harnesses, and electronics. Then, the wheels and tires are added. The final step in the process is to fit the vehicle with its unique interior including an individually numbered serial plate affixed to the RDX's center console.

Following assembly, the RDX PMC Edition undergoes an identical quality control process as NSX, which includes a full electronic systems line-end test, expert wheel alignment, dyno run, water-leak test and final paint examination. Before exiting PMC, each vehicle is wrapped in a protective film and loaded onto an enclosed, single-car carrier for transport to an Acura dealer.

Acura has introduced a PMC Edition of the TLX and MDX as they have entered the final year of their design phase. Could a refreshed RDX be on the horizon for 2022? All signs point to yes.

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